Siba’s Table is back tonight on the Food Network and we are counting down hours! We had 10 minutes with Siba Mtongana at the season 3 launch of her cooking show, Siba’s Table. Our chat made us even more excited about new season…..
When did you realise that food was your passion and that you wanted to share it with the world?
I have always had a passion for food, but never thought it was possible to have a prosperous career in it. I guess my “aha” moment was in Grade 12 when my sister found a degree in Food and Consumer Sciences. I enrolled and knew I had made the best decision career-wise. This was before food was trendy and I never thought I would end up on TC through a cooking show (maybe as I did modelling growing up and won a few crowns). Funny enough, fame is something that I never pursued, it just found me.
Congratulations on your award-winning year thus far. What are your plans for the future?
This year started on a high for my company, The Siba Co TM, where I am the managing and culinary director. I scooped two international awards at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China. One was a Prestige Award: Special Award of the Jury for my cookbook, My Table, I was the only person chosen from Africa in that category. It was such an honour – more so because Michelle Obama won the US section for the contribution her cookbook made to America. And most recently, Siba’s Table for Food Network won Silver at the US International Film and Video Awards 2017. In 2016, it was a finalist at the New York Film Festival.
How do you balance cooking child-friendly, healthy and delicious food for the little ones and still maintaining your “va va voom” with all your other dishes?
It’s not so easy being a mum to small kids and running a business at the same time, but you learn a few tricks along the way. I believe I am a better mom to my kids because I work – not only I am happy in achieving my dreams, I am contributing to giving my children a better future. When I am around, my husband Brian and the children get all the attention. I plan outings, date nights and movie nights, and on weekends I bake with the kids or we braai together and they love it!
We are absolutely in love with yours and Brian’s relationship. What are some of your highlights with your hubby on the show?
In the first season of Siba’s Table, Brian and my son Lonwabo, made a few appearances. My executive producer was adamant that we needed to officially introduce Brian to our worldwide audience. So, I had to say “my husband, Brian” in each show, Siba’s Table fans
noticed and I would trend on social media with people writing: “Siba be like #MyHusbandBrian”. They did it to such an extent that other woman followed and would write #MyHusbandSOandSO which I thought was hilarious! I decided to own it -just because I can!
What has been your favourite moment filming season three?
Filming with my daughter, BuhlebeNkosi I love spending time with the kids, even on set although it’s not always easy. Once my son, Mr Super Lonwabo (he believes he is a superhero), wanted to swim instead of filming. So, he hid under the table and his two siblings followed him. We ended up filming all three of them hiding under the table. Kids!
When are you happiest at work?
I am at my happiest when I have my family around me. When they are all there playing in the kitchen while I cook and Brian is spending time with the kids.
Siba’s Table Series 3 premieres on 7 September (TONIGHT) at 20:00 CAT only on Food Network, DStv on Channel 175. Make sure you tune in!
.@SibaMtongana is back!
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