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Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

This is not a career my parents were happy for me to take… They thought I was wasting my brains… She [her mother] just didn’t get it…

Siba Mtongana

It was only when I got to university that I realised I was poor…

Siba Mtongana

[The most she’s ever paid for a meal] R6000 per person… it was a tasting menu… it makes you realise that food is an art… expressed through beautiful technique…

Siba Mtongana

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays, Personal Edition” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed celebrity chef Siba Mtongana.

Mtongana is the host of Food Network’s “Siba's Table”.

She is also a judge on “Chopped South Africa”.

Mtongana, the youngest of six siblings, grew up in the township of Mdantsane near East London.

Her mother was a teacher and her father was a supervisor at a leather goods manufacturer.

What does Mtongana believe about money?

Does she spend like crazy, or save compulsively?

How did her childhood experiences of deprivation, or abundance, shape her views on money?

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I did not grow up cooking from a cookbook…

Siba Mtongana

There was enough [money], but not plenty… My parents had to get loans to get us to university…

Siba Mtongana

I’ve always been entrepreneurial… In high school I sold boerewors rolls…

Siba Mtongana

In university I juggled five different jobs…

Siba Mtongana

I was scouted to do modelling in my student days, and I did that part-time.

Siba Mtongana

…I’ve been burned before… It was not as bad as it would’ve been had I not been legally savvy.

Siba Mtongana

I’m travelling on other people’s expenses!

Siba Mtongana

I am [the best chef in the world]!

Siba Mtongana

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