In the Spotlight: Chef Benny Masekwameng

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Benny Masekwameng, a MasterChef SA and Ultimate Braaimaster Judge, began his culinary journey at around 7 years old in Alexandra, helping his mother with her catering business. Cooking became not just a skill but a lifeline for his family, serving as their main source of income. During the political turbulence of the 90s, the Masekwameng family had to leave their home. Benny found refuge at the Sankopano Centre from 1991 to 1995, while his family was housed separately. After completing his studies at Northview High School, he pursued his culinary passion at Natal Technikon, now the Durban University of Technology, focusing on catering management. Following his graduation, Benny landed a trainee position at the Hilton Hotel in Durban, quickly rising to become a breakfast chef by 1999. His journey was marked by personal loss, including his father's passing in 2006. Despite these challenges, Benny's culinary adventures took him around the globe, from London to Dubai, shaping his expertise. His culinary prowess has graced the tables of world leaders like Fidel Castro and Muammar Gaddafi, as well as celebrities such as Beyoncé and Jay Z. Benny Masekwameng joins us today as our special guest, ready to share his insights and experiences in the spotlight.               

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