Xoliswa was Mandela’s personal chef for nearly 25 years and is now chef at Sanctuary Mandela. In Made With Love, fifty unique recipes are accompanied by Ndoyiya’s personal recollections and anecdotes of the time she spent with Madiba, his family, friends and colleagues, pay homage to Tata Madiba’s legacy through food, prepared and cooked with love.
The Sanctuary Mandela boutique hotel has opened in Nelson Mandela’s old house in Johannesburg and is a high-end hotel.
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Ndoyiya grew up in Ezibeleni township in Komani. She is known across the world as former president Nelson Mandela’s personal and family chef.
Hers was a typical black household upbringing. She is the fourth of five children, with three older brothers, and working-class parents. “As the eldest daughter, you end up almost becoming like a Deputy Mother; and at home, we were a bit old school, so some chores were reserved for the girls,” she says.
Her first job as a chef was at the Coronation Hotel, in Johannesburg. She was introduced to Mandela by a friend.
After a rather puzzling experience where she was unwittingly subjected to an interview-cum-security-check, she met Tat’ uMandela.