Les Da Chef shares a few fun facts with us. From how he deals with failure to what we can expect from him at this weekend’s T-Cross City. By Kwanele Mathebula
Image: Les Da Chef IG
1. The most interesting thing about me that you wouldn’t learn from my career alone is that I was a real bookworm when I was a child. I was also approved to study either law, medicine or commerce at university, and I chose commerce.
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2. The song that describes my life currently is Dreamer by Slikour featuring RJ Benjamin. No matter the current challenges, I’ll never stop dreaming and setting goals.
3. My celebrity crush is Tessa Thompson, there’s just something about her.
4. A body part that I wouldn’t mind losing would be my pancreas because it stopped functioning last year, and I was later diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
5. How I deal with failure is by not dwelling on it for too long. I analyse, and work out why I failed and what could have done differently. I then endeavour to do better next time.
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6. The one thing I’ve learnt on my own about the entertainment industry is that everyone is human, and no one is fallible or perfect. Be yourself and the industry will be easier for you. It’s when you pretend to be someone else it chews and spits you out.
7. I wanted to be part of VW’s urban playground: T-Cross City because food is everywhere, but it doesn’t get hyped up as much as other aspects of the entertainment industry. I love how it has been given an equal amount of importance at this event alongside other entertainment.
8. Attendees can look forward to an awesome curated food experience. I’ll also be engaging with the audience by doing a few demos and showing off some chef techniques.
9. One song I listen to and wish I had written or thought of first is Jive Soweto by Sipho Hotstix Mabuse. It’s the perfect ode to Soweto – the township so many of us come from. The energy and vibrancy of the track is legendary.
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10. The best advice I’ve received is that 10 o’clock always comes. It’s a motto that we use in the food world. It means that no matter how tired or heavy the load, 10pm will always come and your shift will end, so you can rest. Keep pushing through the pain and drama, it will eventually come to an end.
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