SA’s ‘food goddess’ Siba Mtongana and son release kids’ cookbook

South African celebrity chef who shot to fame as The Cooking Channel show Siba’s Table, Siba Mtongana has announced that she is releasing a new cookbook with her young son — and this one is tailor-made for kids and teenagers.

Mtongana also recently announced on social media that she was being featured as a case study by the Harvard Business School.

Cook with Siba and Lonwabo

Mtongana’s newest cookery book is titled Let’s Cook and is a project she worked on with her son, Lonwabo, whom she described as her little “sous chef”.

Though Let’s Cook has been compiled for kids and teens who want to learn how to navigate their way around the kitchen, the book should be useful for the whole family.

In a recent Instagram post, Mtongana said putting the book together had been so much fun — and very rewarding as a mom. Her journey with the book began in 2019 when she and her son developed recipes in the kitchen together.

Cookbook project kept under wraps for months

She said they secretly worked on the book, behind the scenes, for months.

The book will be on the shelves in the next few days and an electronic version will also be available.

Mtongana’s Harvard Business School study

The Mdantsane-born chef was approached by Harvard Business School about two years ago to conduct a case study on her.

“They have been doing a case study on my food career, being an entrepreneur, a woman and a pioneer in the culinary world locally and globally against all odds,” Mtongana said in her Instagram post.

Chef, her team and family invited to US

The case study was lectured to Harvard University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) students for the first time last week.

The much-loved South African chef was brought in as a special guest, together with her team, business associates and family.

“It was so surreal hearing top minds analysing my brand and business from their own eyes.

Mtongona added it felt like a dream to be part of the academic literature at Harvard.

She was meant to attend the lecture in person in the US, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic she was not able to travel. However, she did say a future trip was being planned instead.

Siba: SA’s food goddess

Mtongana has been making waves in the culinary industry of late.

A few weeks ago, she was named one of seven “food goddesses” in the world by Tatler Malaysia, alongside some of the biggest names in the global culinary industry, such as the UK’s Nigella Lawson, Malaysia’s Ili Sulaiman, Mexico’s Pati Jinich, India’s Amrita Raichand, the US’s Racheal Ray and Hong Kong’s Debbie Wong.