Siba Mtongana, a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast who brought style and charisma to South Africa’s food scene, today celebrated the launch of her Sibalicious Website (http://sibamtongana.com/) with brand new, never before seen traditional Christmas recipes.
Speaking from her Innovation Kitchen and Studio in Cape Town, Siba says she is both thrilled and excited about her website which will give foodies locally and abroad an opportunity to keep abreast with the lasted food, décor and entertaining trends. “The website will be home to all things Sibalicious and give fans a sneak peek into my world.”
To celebrate the launch of the Sibalicious Website, Siba’s best and finest traditional Christmas recipes and menus can be viewed, downloaded and, most importantly, served and shared with family and friends during the upcoming festive season. “To add zest and a little magic, I have crafted the ultimate festive season entertaining menu, with traditional as well as revamped options that include a plant-based menu for the non-meat lovers too,” says Siba.
Siba grew up in East London in a township called Mdantsane, in the Eastern Cape. She grew up in a big family, as the last born of six kids out of a total of eight, with two siblings being adopted. Fondly recollecting her childhood days, Siba says she has wonderful memories of her mother cooking traditional food in their home kitchen, especially over Christmas and New Year. “Somehow even today those teachings form a firm foundation of my cooking, touching on traditional food here and there with a modern twist. My degree in Food and Consumer Sciences with majors in Food Science and Nutrition cemented that.”
Apart from international multi-award winning achievements, 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.
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.
When Siba’s Table first aired on Food Network, it not only cemented Chef Siba’s standing as South Africa’s premier culinary phenomenon, but catapulted her to the status of global food icon in more than 135 countries worldwide, and 60 million homes in the USA through the Cooking Channel alone. The world was hungry for the local and African dishes with a twist this food and consumer sciences with majors in Food Sciences and Nutrition, former magazine food editor and model served up – and continues to consume every bite she creates with her unique dazzling deftness.
With so much under her belt including being one of the most in-demand celebrity chefs on an array of local and international programmes, at food festivals the world over and not forgetting on glossy magazine covers, it is hard to sum up just how barricade-breaking this down-to-earth chef with her humble, Mdantsane, Eastern Cape roots has been. Some bespoke highlights include:
Siba’s re-invention as a business-savvy entrepreneur as evidenced through the formation of The Siba Co, a Food Solutions and Innovation Holdings Company. In 2019, The Siba Co was hand-picked by the presidency to culinary direct and curate the VIP menu for the inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, serving 450 guests, including heads of states, former presidents kings, queens and global business moguls.
In 2015, the best-selling cookbook ever in its retail class, My Table, was published and marketed by The Siba Co. In 2017, My Table won two prestigious awards at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China. Siba was the first South African ever to win the Special Award of the Jury for the legacy her book leaves and pop culture impact it has in her beloved home country.
Her plethora of awards – Siba has won 5 US Film and Television Awards and 4 Awards locally.
‘Being able to bring my continent the food acclaim it deserves is both a privilege and a blessing,’ says Siba, who can add the esteemed Ubuntu Award to her platter of prestigious accolades for doing just that. Ever the entrepreneur, much of her focus remains invested in The Siba Co and its Menu and Recipe Development arm/VIP bespoke and experiential catering service as sought after by leading restaurants, hospitality showcases and industry leaders in the foodservice trade.
To download and experience Siba’s exclusive Christmas delicacies first hand, visit www.sibamtongana.com.