Siba Mtongana

Siba Mtongana

Produced and presented SAFTA-winning Siba’s Table on Food Network, which became a global hit, airing in over 130 countries. Became the first African to receive a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2017 (for her cookbook My Table). Received the prestigious Ubuntu Award 2018 from the South African government, in recognition of her contribution as a global ambassador for the country in her field.

Grew up in the township of Mdantsane N.U 17 near East London. Earned a bachelor’s degree in Food and Consumer Science at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology , where she majored in Food, Food Science and Nutrition. Mentored and tutored previously disadvantaged students. Served as food editor for Drum Magazine, and became a freelance food writer thereafter.

Launched The Siba Co in 2015, a food solutions and innovation company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Became a global ambassador for Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organisation that distributes food and aid to vulnerable communities.

Current Celebrity TV chef; food judge on Chopped South Africa; CEO of The Siba Co

Restaurants she rates in 2019

For a casual meal Willoughby & Co at the V&A Waterfront is always great for a casual meal with the family. The food is impressive, the restaurant is always buzzing, and the staff are friendly and offer a great service. The Japanese-inspired menu speaks to my heart, and I just love the soft-shell crab, their ginger beef fillet is fantastic and their sushi is unique, fresh and tasty.
For a special occasion Brian and I love Nobu. The experience starts with a warm Japanese welcome, which sets the tone for the rest of evening. Obviously, their sushi is
exceptional but what surprises me the most, are their gorgeous, fresh, flavourful salads, with their truffle-oil greens being my favourite.
I love going to The Test Kitchen, and it always helps knowing the chef if you need to sneak in an emergency booking! Luke Dale Roberts cannot set a foot wrong in my opinion,
his food is exceptional.
The Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West is phenomenal. I ate a rhubarb tart there once that I still dream about today!
For a guilty pleasure The Creamery in Mouille Point serves the most delicious ice cream. They take creamy to a whole different level, and their signature, sweet cream never disappoints. I also love the changing flavours, you never know what’s coming next month!
For a Winelands experience Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is just breathtaking, everything from the food, to the view through to the service is just above and beyond. Everything Liam Tomlin does is perfection.
For authentic cuisine Thali! I am still waiting for another authentic restaurant to blow me away.
Best new restaurant I have my eye on, FYN. The African-inspired food, paired with the Japanese aesthetics, speaks to me on every level. I simply cannot wait to get a taste!
Best “oldie but goodie” Café Paradiso on Kloof Street, is my go-to! It is perfect for the whole family, and my little ones are kept busy with the cupcake- and pizza-making sessions. The food is easy, the atmosphere is relaxed.
The best restaurant overall I just love Kloof Street House! The décor is so stunning, and the food is just Sibalicious: they use the same strong, bold flavours I love! I have tried a variety of dishes there, and I am pleased every time, but I must say their prawns are out of this world!

Restaurants she rated in 2018

For a casual meal Massimo’s
For a special occasion Greenhouse
For a healthy meal Bowls on Bree
For a quick bite The Cousins Trattoria
For a Winelands experience Indochine at Delaire Graff
For authentic cuisine San Julian
The best restaurant overall Thali