Street Food In Africa
Chef Nti has it all – immaculate taste in funky African fashion (just check out her Instagram for a visual feast), a new cookbook (Chef Nti – My Modern African Kitchen, published 2019), her own range of sauces and spice blends, and her own restaurant, The Taste Kitchen in Maboneng, which specialises in both South African heritage food and fusion dishes with world cuisine. She has lived everywhere from Soweto, to Italy to Los Angeles, and studied at the Sunninghill branch of the International Hotel School, in joburg.
In her show Street Food In Africa, Nti brings viewers local specialties from around South Africa and the rest of the continent. These are the dishes and snacks that keep us moving and humming through the day. As she prepares something like a Gatsby (the soft white bread roll stuffed to the gills with slap chips and everything else you can lay your hands on, from pink polony to masala steak, to curried fish, all dripping with sauce and achar), Chef Nti explains how this speciality differs from region to region, and reveals which version she is making, and what elements make it unique. It’s not a fancified version of the dish, either. Chef Nti prepares it as you’d buy it on a street corner, then lays into the end product with a big bite.
Street Food In Africa is filmed in a light-filled, homey space that forms the perfect frame for both Chef Nti’s beautiful African style and her charming personality. She cooks with ease as she sways through her space, cooking and singing little snatches of made up tunes to the food as she cooks.
Like Katlego, Chef Nti’s first teacher in the kitchen was her grandmother, who taught her not just skills in the kitchen, but how to show love and generosity through preparing food. And by spotlighting street food, she hopes to bring attention and some appreciation to the women who make every day delicious. “This is my own little way of celebrating these strong women who go unrecognised ko kasi – think lo mama who sells aMagwinya (vetkoek) ko 16 Alex, 6am she’s there ready to serve – and we all line up for breakfast… and she’s more consistent than most 5-star restaurants – she’s never out of stock,” says Chef Nti.
“Sharing a meal has always been deeply rooted alongside sharing stories, cultural experiences and traditions. As the world adapts to new practices and ways of being, the common denominator remains our love for food and experiences with those we care about,” says Henry Windridge, Senior Director: Marketing, Digital and Creative at Discovery Inc. “While much has changed in the world in recent months, the power of food and how we connect over a plate has not. We’re sure viewers will be as captivated by the flair and charisma of both chefs as they welcome them into their homes this March.”