Madala chef out to cook up a storm

2015-12-10 06:00
 Kenneth Lekgale’s Kenny’s Kitchen and Grill has been a winner among dinners.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Kenneth Lekgale’s Kenny’s Kitchen and Grill has been a winner among dinners. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A Khayelitsha chef’s determination to bring fine cuisine to his neighbourhood has left locals asking for seconds.

Kenneth Lekgale, owner of Kenny’s Kitchen and Grill, began his business serving customers at a mobile stand but the demand forced him to set up a permanent structure at his home.

He serves gourmet burgers, steaks, chicken and salads to around 40 people a day and is becoming a firm favourite among dinners.

He started in 2014 but his home in Mpetsheni Crescent , Ilitha Park welcomes around 40 hungry stomachs a day.

“My realisation came after close to 30 years working as a cook and chef for various establishments, the last of which was a restaurant in Gordon’s Bay.

He says after quitting this job, he started selling burgers and chicken meals to the community from a mobile van.

During the interviews customers walk in and greet: “Hey Madala”. The customers appear to be very fond of the ‘madala’ whose grey beard is outshone by his warm smile as he greets every walk-in.

“It wasn’t easy as I made only 56 rand a day for the first few days but the business started growing. A couple of months later I just couldn’t keep up with the demand in that small stand so I decided to set up shop at my house,” he said.

He told City Vision that delicious food, clean environment and affordable prices are what gives his business the edge.

“When people come to have a meal here they can believe that such great food and presentation can be made available in the townships.

My customers call in and we tell them to come after 20 minutes and they come fetch their food. Every meal is made fresh and we don’t sell leftover food as a result the customers can tell that this is great food.

The irony of it all is that in the affluent places it is the people from the townships that are train and prepare these meals.

There is no reason why we can’t bring that expertise home and provide excellent services for people and also save them petrol because they won’t have to drive far,” he chuckled.

He is hoping to train youngsters and expand his facility and service the local workforce with lunch meals.

Lekgale can be contacted on 0837697163.

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