Just five years ago, Seshoene was battling the urge to leave her stable and secure corporate job for the life of the unknown as an entrepreneur.
Fast-forward to 2018 and she’s the proud author of her own cookbook, set for release next month.
The 30-year-old founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 – a business she wanted to use not only to offer cooking lessons, but to preserve South African cuisine and its heritage. What started as lessons to teach a good friend how to cook before she got married turned into a thriving business that has culminated in the release of The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to The Kitchen.
Her business began with lessons for anyone who wanted to learn how to cook or to perfect cooking a specific dish and evolved into selling apparel and cutting boards. As her company grew, so did her profile.
Seshoene has made the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans list and Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists and in 2016, she took part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin and she’s also of one of Brand SA’s Play Your Part ambassadors.
In an effort to elevate her standing in the culinary world and to bolster her cooking abilities, she obtained a diploma in culinary arts from the Culinary Training and Innovation Academy and trained under Chef Werner at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg.
Her cookbook promises to “teach you how to become a domestic goddess”. It is filled with quick and easy recipes that include South African favourites with ingredients that are typically in most people’s fridges or pantries – or readily available at any grocery store.
Media personality Themabisa Mdoda said the cookbook took her back to the warmth of her mother’s kitchen, the fun of her own cooking space and the nostalgia of her granny’s kitchen.