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My first earnings, I was a car guard! - Jenny Morris opens up about money

My father grew everything we ate… I grew up with such beautiful freshness around me… he was a messer, but he could cook… he was adventurous… He encouraged me to go into the kitchen and cook with him…

Jenny Morris

My first earnings, I was a car guard… I got a hiding of my life… Young ladies don’t do that… she [her mother] went mad! She went absolutely ballistic!

Jenny Morris

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 Jenny Morris, one of South Africa’s most famous foodie gurus, and provider of taste-sensations to people such as Prince Charles, Thabo Mbeki, Kenneth Kaunda, Charlize Theron and Al Gore.

Feeling your food is important… Caress it, stroke it, know it intimately… You don't want someone who eats a sosatie [kebab] with a knife and fork… And if I can get presidents and heads of state to eat with their hands, I can do it for anyone!

Jenny Morris

Morris founded her company Giggling Gourmet in 1997, but she also runs other endeavours (e.g. CooksPlayground, CooksParties, TeamCooking, SingleCooks and Giggling Gourmet FoodTours).

She regularly hosts shows on 702/CapeTalk.

  • What does she believe about money?

  • Does it keep her up at night?

  • Does she spend like crazy, or save compulsively?

  • How did her childhood experiences shape her views on money?

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

My grandmother gave me five pounds for my birthday… she said, ‘You are going to put that in your Post Office bank account’…

Jenny Morris

I worked at a fishmonger as a holiday job… I changed his business… He loved me!

Jenny Morris

That was my first job [an apprentice at the Post Office]… my father was appalled! I came home with a toolbox… he said that is not a job for a lady!

Jenny Morris

It was my husband! [When asked who convinced her to turn cooking into a business.]

Jenny Morris

We do things like unit trusts… we’re very cautious, but when opportunities arrive we have something banked, so we can take advantage…

Jenny Morris

A lot of that money gets stolen by their staff. You’ve got to have your wits about you! They find ways of just taking it! They find these schemes, they’re clever!

Jenny Morris

My best money decision was building CooksPlayground… It’s good!

Jenny Morris

One of the most stupid things… I spent a lot of money building classrooms on a Government property… now it belongs to someone else.

Jenny Morris

What I cook with at home I cook with commercially… I think that’s my success…

Jenny Morris

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