Turning career women into cooks

COOKING UP A STORM: Mogau Seshoene of Lazy Makoti shows us how to prepare a sumptuous dish during an interview in Pretoria PHOTO : ANTONIO MUCHAVE
COOKING UP A STORM: Mogau Seshoene of Lazy Makoti shows us how to prepare a sumptuous dish during an interview in Pretoria PHOTO : ANTONIO MUCHAVE

SHE is beautiful, educated and holds her own in boardrooms but cannot do the same in the kitchen.

This woman would typically be called a lazy makoti (bride) by her in-laws

Mogau Seshoene, 25, who was taught how to cook by her mom at age 10, saw this as a business opportunity. In April, The Lazy Makoti was registered as a business and Seshoene has hit the ground running.

"The Lazy Makoti is basically for women who just never learnt how to cook, maybe they grew up in boarding schools or are younger siblings," she says.

Seshoene goes to people's homes and teaches them the basics of cooking so they can be more than familiar with what goes on in the kitchen.

She quit her job last year and began to carve her future as an entrepreneur in December.

"I did not like the corporate world and I love cooking, so it made sense," she said.

Her first client was a friend who was getting married and did not know how to cook.

"I spent a week teaching her and she realised that she could actually do this. It wasn't as difficult as she thought it was."

After coming up with the name of the business, with the help of her sister, she created a Facebook page and put easy recipes online.

She is also on Instagram and Twitter.

"Some months are better than others, but I am fortunate to have a few corporate gigs."

Seshoene has big dreams for herself. She would like to write a cook book of authentic South African meals and her own cooking show .

For now though, she teaches people in the comfort of their own kitchens or at her house.

Sowetan went for a cooking lesson at her place, where we were taught how to make pap, lamb stew, creamed spinach and chakalaka.

We also made cheese cake for dessert.

Seshoene advises young aspiring entrepreneurs not to delay chasing their dreams.

"Even if you think you don't know a lot about what you're going to do, or you think you don't have enough money, just make it happen."

nkosin@sowetan.co.za

 

 

This story was first published in the paper on 25 August 2014

 

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