A life well lived | Mam' Dorah Sitole's memorial service details

Mam' Dorah Sitole's memorial service will be held on Thursday, 7 January, 2020. Photograph by Roelene Prinsloo
Mam' Dorah Sitole's memorial service will be held on Thursday, 7 January, 2020. Photograph by Roelene Prinsloo

Renowned chef, author and former editor of TRUELOVE, Dorah Sitole, 67, passed away in Johannesburg on Sunday evening following a short illness.

The Sitole family invites friends, colleagues and loved ones of the beloved food writer, editor, author and Le Cordon Bleu (Paris) trained chef, Dorah Lydia Nobakhethwa Thokozile Sitole, fondly known as Mam’ Dorah, Mam’ D and even Mam’ Dizzle, to say their goodbyes during a live stream celebration of her extraordinary life on Thursday, 07 January 2021 at 12:00 via https://indigitalstream.co.za/dorahsitole/ which will be active and accessible on Thursday.

Born in Soweto and South Africa’s first black food writer, Mam’ Dorah’s illustrious award-winning career includes editor and food editor of both home-grown favourites TRUELOVE and DRUM magazines where she put a spotlight on traditional foods inspired by her humble childhood. 

Mam' Dorah Sitole memorial service livestream

When | Thursday, 07 January 2021 

Time | 12:00 

Link https://indigitalstream.co.za/dorahsitole/

Her love for the vibrant and unique flavours of township, traditional, African, Pan-African and Western cuisine are stewed into both her books in a fusion of her passions for food and travel. The first book, published in 1999, Cooking from Cape to Cairo, is an offering reflecting her journey across all nine of South Africa’s provinces and nineteen countries on the continent including Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya and Mozambique where she spent time interacting with locals and understanding each country’s cuisine. 

READ MORE | Mam' Dorah Sitole's TRUELOVE Ed's Note from Jan, 2009

Her second offering, 40 Years of Iconic Food published just a few weeks before her untimely death, is a generous helping of deliciously modern twists to some well-known dishes based on decades of scribbled recipe experiments from her notebook and further travel experiences throughout the continent and the globe pushing herself beyond her comfort zone – something that came naturally to her as she dedicated her life to opening doors for female chefs and inspiring young black chefs in South Africa.

Mam’ Dorah’s funeral will be attended by 40 close family and friends who have been preselected and invited, in order to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Her influence in the culinary industry continues to be celebrated across the continent and her legacy will live in the hearts of many.


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