“I found myself being so interested in cooking shows. I would watch how certain meals were prepared and made. I knew that wasn’t just a thing because I told my parents that I wanted to go to a culinary school to learn and qualify as a chef.”
Tlokana has recently added cookbook author to her striking resumé. She speaks of her book being a guide for the foods that might seem complicated to people who aren’t accustomed to the kitchen.
There are recipes such as ting (sour porridge) and maotwana (chicken feet) or malana (chicken intestine) or dumplings with stew or oxtail. She also flips it a little with farfalle pasta with mushrooms and spinach.
Tlokana, who also shares her meals and recipes on her Instagram page, picked out her speciality which is her father’s favourite, a mouth-watering lamb shank that she pairs with creamy mash potatoes.
While her métier is cooking, Tlokana has always had the ability to be funny by making her friends and family laugh.
“People initially like the comedienne side to me and get shocked when they find out I am a qualified chef. I get my funny persona from both my parents; particularly my mother… that woman has a great sense of humour.
“My plans, in the beginning, were to leave out my funny side and just show off my cooking skills but being under lockdown I found myself sharing hilarious content on TikTok that grew my following on social media and helped me to gain more recognition,” she said.
“I always tell people if they want to get a more serious side to me as a chef, they can go to my Instagram, but if they want to chuckle a bit my TikTok is where I bring out the funny.”