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Introducing the Shisa Nyama Awards judges


24 Aug 2016
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Andrew Draper
Food is Andrew’s passion and one he has found to be a very rewarding profession. Since his first restaurant opening twenty two years ago, Andrew has been fortunate to win many accolades, including chef of the year twice. All food excites him; from tender potjies, crispy charred flesh of a shisa nyama, or the silkiness of foie gras. They all take him to a happy place of fond shared meals, travels and experiences. Food truly is his life.

Buhle Mbonambi
Arts, culture, lifestyle and entertainment journalist. Current editor of the Sunday Tribune’s lifestyle magazine, SM Magazine and reporter at the Sunday Tribune newspaper.

Dennis Ngxongo
Dennis is gregarious by nature, with a 16-year track record working in Communications, from writing and reviewing to staging events. He has a love for all things lifestyle related, which is why he feels privileged to judge in the Shisa Nyama Awards. He believes this competition opens up a whole new world in entertainment offering something for any group, friends or family, to do together.

Lungi Nhlanhla
MasterChef SA Season 1 Top 5 Finalist, Owner of Lungi’s Corner, Freelance food stylist, developer and writer.

Meleney Cunniff
Meleney has many years of experience in the hospitality industry, including managing small boutique hotels. She is committed to maintaining high standards in both service and food. A dedicated coffee drinker, too, she has been a judge in Cafe Society Awards. She believes that behind success is a person with passion; passion for food and flavours, for service, for travel.

Sdu Gerasch
Originally from a small village of kwaNongoma, eMaphophoma (Northern KwaZulu-Natal), Sdu is an avid foodie, specialising in authentic African cuisines. She enjoys mostly West and Central African dishes…without limiting East and North Africa. She is currently doing her BTech in journalism at the Durban University of Technology.



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