Mmapule Mokoena

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Mmapule Mokoena is part of the team at Monwana Lodge who are responsible for sharing some of their delicious kitchen secrets with us every month. Read on to find out more about the recipes that she developed for her own success.

On The Way Up

Mmapule has been with Thornybush Collection for over 17 years, since she first joined us behind the scenes in the scullery. Driven by determination, an overpowering desire to learn and no small measure of passion she steadily progressed up the ranks.

Today, Mmapule has risen to the prized position of Executive Chef at Monwana Lodge, but success has not dulled her enthusiasm one iota. She still loves everything to do with her daily responsibilities, despite a couple of narrow escapes, including an occasion when one of the ovens setting alight during dinner.

One of her favourite pastimes after-hours is cooking with her teenage daughter, a hobby which her husband of 15 years thoroughly approves of.

Top Chef

In her role as top gun in the kitchens at Monwana, Mmapule is responsible for everything that goes on in this space. As Executive Chef Mmapule manages all the staff who work in the kitchen, putting the systems in place to ensure that everything ticks over on time and overseeing stock levels and deliveries.

Come mealtimes she leads the charge helping to prepare specialised dishes, oversees the quality of every plate that leaves the kitchen and keeps an eye on things during service. There are few tasks that Mmapule has not mastered on her way up the culinary ladder and she is an invaluable asset in guiding and mentoring new members of staff both in and out of the kitchen.

We are proud to say that Mmapule learned all her skills via on the job training at Monwana Lodge and feel privileged to have watched her thrive during her employment with us.

Meet up at Monwana

Check in to Monwana Lodge and you will soon discover why Mmapule's cooking is a hit with all our guests. Not only will you be treated to wonderful hospitality and five-star dining, but you will discover the utter joy of experiencing the bush in the exclusive environment of this small camp.

Monwana has just 4 suites, including a supremely luxurious King size suite, plush honeymoon suite and 2 ample family rooms. Each has a private deck overlooking the pristine bushveld environment or waterhole.

Join us soon for intimate hospitality, fine dining and unforgettable game viewing.


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Saturday, 15 December 2018