Her new cooking show ‘Celebrate! With Chef Nti!’ on the Food Network is all about enjoying special moments with family and friends, whether it be Christmas, Easter, weddings, or traditional ceremonies. She finds the perfect dishes.
In one of the episodes, the Food Network star spends a day with children from Save The Children who partnered with Discovery RISE (Reducing Inequality and Supporting Empowerment) to give the young kids a culinary pleasure while showing them some of her tricks of her trade.
“Spending time with the children was special for me. Coming from Soweto, I resonate so much with being a young dreamer,” she tells Drum.
“The whole experience was to inspire the children to look past their circumstances and encourage them to learn valuable cooking skills.”
“We gave the children exciting opportunities to spend the day with myself and Chef Katlego. Not only did they cook up a storm, but they were also given a front-row seat to see themselves in action, at the exclusive screening of the brand-new season of each of the chef’s shows.”
In 2020, Chef Nti launched ‘Street Food in Africa’, a tv show which took viewers on a journey around South Africa, from its cities to townships, to find out what defines South African culinary culture.
In 2018, she opened Taste Kitchen by Chef Nti, a restaurant is in the heart of Maboneng, Johannesburg. The restaurant offered an exclusive African experience through food, music, and tourism but she closed it down in 2020.
“It was no longer serving the purpose,” she says.
“Maboneng used to be full of culture and entering the precinct was an experience its own, but it has changed and because of Covid-19 as well, I needed a fresh start.”
She still hopes to open a restaurant.
“I am all about food and giving my guests an experience. My cooking is clean and I love tasting the flavours in everything I eat and retaining the favours of my food but being hearty and giving you a nostalgic feeling.”
Chef Nti has always loved cooking and took her love for food seriously in 2015, after coming from personal and financial challenges the year before. Before, she was a successful businesswoman and ran a facility management business that helped to clean the Johannesburg precinct during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
“I have come from far. I am proud of the strides I have made,” she says.
Her book, Chef Nti, My Modern African Kitchen has been a success.
“I love anything African and inspiring. My food tells an African story and that is what I want my restaurant to be all about in the future,” she says.
“But I was to give people more than just a culinary experience, but to taste our cultures and experiences.”