Mogau Seshoene is taking her business to the next level. Owner of The Lazy Makoti, an intimate and informative platform that offers cooking lessons for the modern Afropolitan, has always had her sights set on creating an authentic South African cookbook.
“A cookbook has always been a goal for me with The Lazy Makoti, but the idea has evolved since I went to culinary schools,” says Seshoene. “I realised that we cover everything from Asian to Italian to French cuisine. We study their food and how it has evolved, as well as the different flavours, but there is unfortunately almost nothing on South African food. No one tells our food story. I was deeply troubled by this and decided to begin documenting our amazing recipes.”
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The Lazy Makoti has been flourishing since the business was started in May 2014. “I have received such amazing support and I’m looking to go into the retail sector now with range of locally produced kitchen accessories,” she says. The range includes aprons, chopping boards and wooden spoon sets.
In a previous article, we shared that Seshoene is originally from Polokwane and obtained a degree in Consumer Science (Clothing Retail) from the University of Pretoria in 2011. Thereafter she joined KPMG as an intern auditor, but left soon after to pursue her culinary dream.
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After talks with various publishers, Seshoene has decided to self-publish the cookbook.
The book, which remains untitled with no official launch date as yet, will focus on South African favourites, as well as traditional meals with a contemporary twist.
In the meantime, Seshoene is heading to the United States to take part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. “The fellowship will last six weeks,” she says. “I’ll be doing the business and entrepreneurship track. I’m excited to come back a better businesswoman and citizen!”