‘Food Made By Heart’: Chef Mpofu
One of the general definitions of food is that: food is any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy and promote growth.
Zimbabwean-South Africa based Chef Mayor Moyo (MM), described food as anything made by heart. In a chit-chat with My Afrika Magagazine journalist, Tapiwanashe Rubaya (TR), Chef Mpofu talked about how his journey started and what it means being a young Chef in Africa.
TR: Kindly in a summary introduce yourself to our readers?
MM: I’m known for being a detail-oriented, well organized individual and a team player. Name is Mayor Mpofu, 23year old with 3years experience under my belt as a chef. 1 year as a model and have scoped 9 O’level subjects at Tsholotsho High School.
TR: Back home you were prominently known as a model and not as a chef when did your journey as a chef began?
MM: It all started when l left my home country in 2019 and getting these enticing opportunities that actually didn’t require much of experience in the field of hospitality and l knew it was about time l kick started my career with the passion that l had for food. Modelling is still something that gives me butterflies and I’m still working on how to link my two careers as I’m passionate about them equally.
TR: When given an opportunity to define the term food what will be your definition?
MM: Whenever I’m in the kitchen l get to express my feelings, emotions and I am able to put my thoughts out on a plate, therefore l define food as a nourishing substance that helps physical growth and mental health, strength and stability.
TR: What do you love about your career?
MM: Feeling a sense of belonging and liking the people, I work with as well as Personal development and growth.
TR: Personally, what is your favorite dish and can you share with us the ingredients and method in preparing the dish?
MM: My favorite dish will be any pasta that you could think of and the recipe is in the heart as long as you have essential ingredients.
TR: What are your kitchen rules?
MM: Treat everyone with respect and professionalism maintenance.
TR: Given any opportunity to share the kitchen with an international Chef, who will it be?
MM: Carla Hall it would be an honor.
TR: When not cooking what will your day to day be like?
MM: Keeping myself physically active at the gym, socially encouraging my peers not to give up on what they believe in.
TR: Any advice to other young people who might like to venture in culinary.
MM: Sky is the limit when it comes to what you are passionate about, never give up, be positive and pray, opportunities will always come and remember to spread love and smiles.