Mogau 'The Lazy Makoti' Seshoene is set to release her second cookbook in October this year. Her first cookbook published in 2018, The Lazy Makoti’s guide to the kitchen, was a bestseller and won numerous awards including the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award.
Speaking to TRUELOVE during the Hospitality Counsel’s 3rd annual Luxe Restaurant Awards which were held at AURUM restaurant in Sandton on Tuesday night, Seshoene revealed that her upcoming cookbook would be a continuation of the first one.
“I’m excited to share that the second book is coming this October and it will be a continuation of the first book, but it will be much bigger and much better. The book will have all the chapters you can expect in a cookbook: how to make amazing dinners including occasion dinners such as Easter dinners, Christmas dinners, Valentine’s day meals and so on,” she said.
“I also have a big meat-free and plant-based chapter in the book. I’ll basically be drawing from all the feedback I received from the first book. I’ll be exploring how to take it a notch higher and how to elevate the home cook to a person who makes amazing food. I’m here to turn ordinary cooks into that person whose food everyone will rave about."
Having walked away with the Culinary Media Personality of the year award at the event, Seshoene says the award reminded her of the very beginning of her Lazy Makoti business where she had left her corporate job to pursue her passion for cooking.
“Wow what an incredible honour to be awarded this evening. It was totally unexpected but I’m just grateful, especially about the journey that led to where The Lazy Makoti is today. The feeling is incredible,” she said before explaining how the idea of The Lazy Makoti came about.
"I was very unhappy in my corporate job and a friend of mine had asked me to teach her how to cook. She specifically wanted to learn to make traditional South African food and then I taught her how to make South African dishes,” she said.
Before she knew it, Seshoene was giving cooking lessons to people every weekend. Which is when she saw the gap in the market for people who wanted to be home cooks and cook simple meals.
“So I decided to quit my job, go to culinary school, do in-service training and run the cooking classes. I then published the cookbook and the rest is history,” she explained.
On her plans for the near future, the award-winning chef said that a TV cooking show, The Lazy Makoti merchandise and homeware were on the cards.
Chef of The Year: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
New Restaurant of The Year: Embarc
Restaurant Style Award: TANG
Culinary Icon Award: Chef Nti
Culinary Media Personality of The Year: The Lazy Makoti
Culinary Rising Star: Tumi Mogoai
Culinary Pioneer Award: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
Excellence Award: Marble
African Restaurant of The Year: Marabi Club
Coffee Shop of The Year: Vintage Coffee
Hotel Restaurant of the Year: AURUM Lifestyle
Restaurant of the Year: Solo