Mwaka Mwiimbu, better known as ‘Chef Mwakie’ joins HONEY (DStv 173) as the host of My Zambian Plate. The young chef and entrepreneur shows viewers from across Africa how to make prepare delicious, authentic and modern recipes with a Zambian twist.
Mwiimbu joins a series of popular cooking shows that travel from country to country, namely My Naija Plate (Nigeria) and My Kenyan Plate (Kenya) – both hosted by dynamic chefs who have created a loyal fanbase. We sat down with Mwiimbu to chat about the show and what viewers can expect.
1. Who is Chef Mwakie in three sentences?
I’m an experimental cook who lives for trying out new things in the kitchen without compromising on flavour. I’m a very caring and warm person and because of this I like to showcase recipes that are wholesome and hearty. I love to show my creative side through food.
2. What inspired you to start on the cooking journey?
People used to judge me and assume I couldn’t cook because I was never found in the kitchen and being a woman, that was seen as a “taboo”. Eventually I started cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. A lot of around me loved it and started asking for recipes and that’s how my food journey started. It’s definitely been a great journey so far!
3. What would you say has been your biggest struggle in cooking?
My biggest struggle has definitely been doing all this with a broken leg. Cooking means me standing for long hours but I’m managing.
4. What can people expect from My Zambian Plate?
Easy, exciting and experimental recipes using traditional Zambian ingredients. There’s something for everyone on the show. If you love traditional Zambian food, you’ll definitely find that on the show. However, if you like to be experimental in the kitchen and you like to try new things the show is for you too. I take traditional Zambian ingredients and cook them in unconventional ways and find new ways to highlight these traditions.
5. Where is Chef Mwakie in 5 years' time?
Giving back to the community is something I’ve always been passionate about and I hope in the next 5 years I get to do just that by contributing towards the fight for food security in Africa by establishing ways to have sustainable economic and human development through agriculture and nutrition. I also hope I to have released a cook book or two.