Cooking up a storm

Talented Unami Gracious Makali cooked her way to first prize, a P10 000 reward and bragging rights as the first Choppies National Cook-off winner over the weekend at Choppies Hyper store at the Northgate Mall.

Makali could not hide her excitement as she took congratulatory hugs and photos with excited attendants and well-wishers, to share her culinary journey through to winning her first cooking competition.

“I was unemployed for some time before I decided to open my own catering and event coordinating company. It was not easy because though I love cooking, I did not have a clue about running a business,” she said nostalgically before adding that she has always loved cooking and that she realized her culinary potential at the age of seven in her mother’s kitchen.

“Cooking has been my lifelong passion, so it was only fitting that I use it to put food on the table, all pun intended,” said Makali who graduated from University of Botswana with an Accounting Degree in 2012.

 

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