Chef

MANDLAKAZI MBETE

In 2008 I put my fears behind me, and founded Fresh Yumm, an Exclusive culinary experience and Elite Events service.” At Fresh yumm we focus on improving and changing the narrative of African cuisine by collaborating with the best chefs on the continent to elevate the experience. 

My love and passion has been inspired by 2 phenomenal woman in my life. 1 being my mom, of course, the other was one of our helpers who I grew up with. She worked at a hotel and often came home cooking up a storm and impressing us with her delicious dishes..”

Mandlakazi Mbete is the founder & head Chef of Fresh Yumm Culinary Experiences based in Johannesburg South Africa with a national footprint.

Her biggest achievement thus far is building the company from scratch and continues to grow the business as they launch the first Fresh Yumm Café and Patisserie this year. The company has been honored to cater for the likes of H&M, Oprah Winfrey, UNHCR, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Brand South Africa and some international artists to mention but a few.

“My love and passion has been inspired by 2 phenomenal woman in my life. 1 being my mom, of course, the other was one of our helpers who I grew up with. She worked at a hotel and often came home cooking up a storm and impressing us with her delicious dishes. In grade 6, I decided that all learners should bring a monetary contribution for groceries to cook up a celebratory meal before the weekend. Needless to say, I was the head chef! After I had matriculated my future was driven to pursue my career in Hospitality Management at Technikon Witwatersrand (University of Johannesburg). I was awarded the Top Hospitality student award in 1999 and Graduated with superb results.

I spent 4 years gaining experience in the industry and shortly thereafter realised that I needed to move into other industries. At this point I doubted my dream to be an executive chef, living out my passion. Whilst trying my hand at other industries I never lost the flair for entertaining, cooking for my family, it was and always will be my soul rewarding skill for me. No matter how many times I cook the same dish, each time is a new journey of discovery for me this is my MUSE my happy place where every stir in the pot is more soul fulfilling than the last stir. My senses come alive and am I transported to a different world surrounded by the aromas, of herbs and spices when I am in the kitchen.
In 2008 I put my fears behind me, and founded Fresh Yumm, an Exclusive culinary experience and Elite Events service.” At Fresh Yumm we focus on improving and changing the narrative of African cuisine by collaborating with the best chefs on the continent to elevate the experience. 

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