It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce our new Chef Patron for Capsicum Culinary Studio, Zola Nene.
Zola’s culinary career started during her two year study gap in England. After studying BComm Law for two years, she realised that it was not the career path she wanted to follow. Zola then applied for a holiday working visa and ventured off to England to discover what it is that she really wanted to do.
Her longstanding interest in food then led Zola to look for a job in a professional kitchen. She worked in a Brasserie in Cheshire for two years, first as a hot section Chef, then as the Head Pastry Chef. After a two year stint in England, she returned to South Africa and immediately enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. During her studies, she worked with some amazing Chefs such as Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francais and Chris Erasmus, owner of Foliage in Franschhoek. Having specialised in Food Media during her studies, she then worked at Top Billing magazine as a food assistant for six months.
After graduating, she moved to Johannesburg and worked in a large catering company as Catering Manager. It was around that time when the Expresso Morning Show was conceptualised, and when the producers were looking for a Food Stylist for the show, they called her up and offered her the job. Zola is currently a resident Chef on the Expresso Show.
“I hope to teach and inspire young future Chefs by offering guidance and sharing ideas. The career of a Chef is multi-faceted and I would like to expose students to the side of food outside of restaurant and hotel kitchens. I also answer food related questions and share lots of recipes directly on my Facebook and Twitter pages.” – Zola Nene