food expert, author, entrepreneur
International multi-award winning, culinary extraordinaire, food expert, author, entrepreneur, mom and wife, popularly known as, Siba Mtongana. As the first African Culinary Star to have a global reach and influence in over 135 countries, with her show on Food Network, Siba’s Table, Siba Mtongana continues to break industry barriers through her passion for food and people. In the USA alone, the show airs in over 60 million homes on the Cooking Channel – another first for a South African chef.
Siba’s Table has won Siba five international awards at the US Film and Television Awards for her cooking show, and another four awards locally for her contribution to the South African food and TV industry.
More recently Siba was the recipient of the Prestigious Ubuntu Award, in the youth category, which recognizes the exemplary work she does locally and for flying the South African flag high on a global stage. One of the biggest highlights for Siba and her company The Siba Co, was being hand-picked by the South African Presidency to direct and curate the VIP menu for the 2019 Inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa where she served 450 guests which included over 70 Heads of States, former presidents as well as kings and queens from the continent and around world.
In 2017 Siba won two awards at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China, the first for her self-published cookbook titled My Table, and the second, the Prestige Award: Special Award of the Jury for the impact of her book in South Africa, the only African to ever have received this accolade. Locally, Siba’s Cookbook went on to become the bestselling cookbook in the history of Woolworth’s cookbook sales.
Giving back is at the very heart of Siba. For three years she was a Sunday School teacher at the Langa Christian Church located in the impoverished Cape Town township of Langa. Siba is now an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organisation that helps fight hunger or malnutrition in the country. She’s also been interviewed and profiled on CNN International for her global influence in food and her work with Rise Against Hunger.