Zola Nene (2016-2020)

Down-to-earth, bubbly, stylish, talented and South Africa’s culinary sweetheart; these are but a few of the many superlatives that describe two-time cookbook author, TV chef and food stylist, Zola Nene.

With a personality that packs a lot of flavour and an inescapable passion for food, Nene swapped her B Comm Law studies for the invigorating smells of the kitchen. A choice which has led her to a successful culinary career spanning over 10 years. In 2019, Nene scooped the Best in the World award in the TV category at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for her second cookbook titled Simply Zola. This following on from the success of her first published cookbook titled Simply Delicious in May 2017, which won Nene the award for TV (English) Celebrity Chef, and was placed second in the category of Best (English) TV Chef Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards that same year.

Staying on course during 2019 and maintaining a flop proof recipe for success, Nene whipped up hearty meals and shared warm laughs with some of South Africa’s brightest stars across 13 episodes of her own cooking show titled  Celeb Feasts with Zola, which aired on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).