Cooking with Abandon

Cooking with Abandon

She’s a singer, actress, fashion designer and celebrity chef. She’s Lucia Mthiyane

Humility is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of someone as accomplished as Lucia is in the stage and television industry. And yet it’s the resounding word anyone who meets her will walk away with.

Lucia has appeared in many celebrated shows, from Muvhango to Rhythm City – not to mention countless musicals and stage productions. She’s an accomplished jazz singer and counts former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki amongst her one-time audience members. But, although she’s been lighting up various stages for years now, she’s always harboured a secret love affair with food. And Lucia is finally sharing it with the world.

The world first got to know you as an actress, what do you love most about acting?
It is the lure of escaping the real world and living in someone else’s skin for a while.

You’ve been a familiar face on our TV screens for some time. To what do you attribute your longevity?
I make sure that I constantly reinvent myself and I always remain willing to learn. I also spread my wings wider to pursue my other passions, like music and fashion design. And, in terms of my acting, I try to avoid being typecast in any one specific type of role.

What is your take on the current state of SA television?
There has been so much growth over the years. As a country, we have taken ownership of our stories and have found ways to tell them in the most enjoyable ways.

‘I’d always invite my friends to come over and sample some of my latest creations. The rest, as they say, is history’


And your love of food, how did it start?
I come from a family that enjoys our food. My mom used to collect cookbooks and I love trying out new recipes. I’d always invite my friends to come over and sample some of my latest creations. The rest, as they say, is history.

What is your food philosophy?
Food is life, food is joy, food is passion, food is a journey, food is expression.
Like journalist Harriet Van Horne said, ‘Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all’.

What are the current food projects you’re involved in?
Besides the cooking classes that I do monthly, I’ve been nominated as a judge for the KFC Taste Kitchen, a new reality cooking competition that will air on Mzansi Magic. I’m also currently doing a cookıng feature on eTV’s Sunrise every Friday morning.

What other food plans do you have coming up?
I’m planning to have a cookbook out by first quarter of 2018 and to own a kitchen where I will conduct cooking classes.

What do you hope people take away from your cooking classes?
A renewed love and appreciation for food. Plus, they will hopefully leave with more knowledge of food.

This is article first appeared in the August 2017 issue of Club Magazine.
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