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Lorna Maseko dishes South African cuisine

Londiwe Dlomo Journalist
Media personality, celebrity chef and cookbook author Lorna Maseko tastes South africa in new show.
Media personality, celebrity chef and cookbook author Lorna Maseko tastes South africa in new show.

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly SA has to offer in terms of the culinary landscape, you’re in for a treat.

Media personality and celebrity chef Lorna Maseko is out to show all foodies where to find fascinating SA ingredients and showcase the delicacies and street food from all corners of this country.

Maseko has a new show on BBC Lifestyle called Homegrown Tastes SA where she meets up with local celebrities who take her to various food spots so she gets to taste food from their town. She also meets other culinary personalities who show her how they make their dishes and she then makes what they show her in her own way.

Maseko takes the viewer from Linden, Johannesburg, to KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, and even Dullstroom in the series, unearthing culinary gems along the way.

About the show, Maseko had this to say: “I think it’s one of the only shows that I have seen in South Africa that features the soil, from start, talking to farmers about ingredients, about produce, about indigenous ingredients to South Africa.

Lorna's version of the popular kota.
Lorna's version of the popular kota.

"We feature some amazing chefs in this country that are doing phenomenal things, I learnt so much… and then [we] kind of bringing it back to the home cook and showing you how you take all these amazing ingredients and put them in your own kitchen. So I think it’s the only show in the country that features a 360 view of the food circle,” Maseko says.

She says she was happy to discover so many indigenous ingredients and people needed to know more about these ingredients and that they should feature in our meals more.

“We really just touched the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more to South African cuisine and that’s my dream to put South African food on the map… and I feel like this show really does that… South African food is beyond just salt, water and ingredient, there are many other interesting things that make our food diverse, that our food is absolutely amazing.”

In the first episode with artist Karabo Poppy, Maseko tackles ikota and burgers, then she has modified skopo with chef Siya Kobo of Kobo Cuisine fame among other things.   

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