Meet Mavis Netshituka: Sous chef at Emperors Palace

Chef Mavis Netshituka. Picture: Supplied

Chef Mavis Netshituka. Picture: Supplied

The chef says her father played a pivotal role in her achieving her career goal because he always supported her.

When we are kids frolicking in the streets with other neighbourhood children, the only thing occupying our thoughts is beating everyone else at hopscotch, three tins or skipping. And, why not? However, there are those exceptional children who already know from early on exactly what careers they want to follow. Mavis Netshituka, from Soweto, was one of those. She’d always loved food and wanted to be part of this buzzing and hectic industry, but never imagined she’d one day be a top chef at one of the country’s most prominent casino and entertainment resorts. “Cooking has always been my passion. In my first year at high school I took home economics and I remember taking an even greater interest in it from there on,” she says, recounting how it was the subject she enjoyed most. Mavis Netshituka. So, while other boys and girls her age were covering their bedroom walls with pictures and posters of the latest celebrities, Netshituka spent her time cutting out recipes from magazines and saving them in a folder. “I usually did this without having any knowledge of some of the ingredients they listed,” she admits, laughing. Even after matriculating, in 1995,...


 


 


 

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