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Ujuspice is a deli showcasing the best of Pan-African ingredients, healthy food, with a soul-full African twist, Condiments and Private chef services. It is a one-stop food shop that caters to your lifestyle food needs. Created and conceptualized by Mokgadi Itsweng who has worked in the food industry for more than 17yrs. Mokgadi holds a diploma in Media management from AAA school of advertising. A self-taught chef, in 2000 she acquired further culinary training in New York City and upon her return to SA, Woolworth’s snatched her up and she worked as a food works chef.

In 2006 she opened a restaurant, Lotsha Kitchen and Cocktails. As the executive chef at Lotsha, Mokgadi opened South Africans to Pan-African cuisine. She transformed simple African flavours into gourmet restaurant food, which saw her hosting and cooking for V.I.P’s like the South African first lady Zanele Mbeki and other South African personalities. In 2006-2008 she worked as a contributing food editor for Tribute magazine, where she honed her food writing skills. She was the Food Editor for True Love Magazine 2012-2015, where she received the 2013 Galliova award for food writing. 2016-2017 saw her edit the food pages for Destiny magazine. She is part of the ‘Eat out panel tasked to review 500 restaurants for the Eat-out restaurant awards 2014- 2020. She is a member of “The Chef’s Manifesto” a global movement of chefs championing the United Nations sustainable goals SDG2 to End World Hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. She has represented the Chef’s Manifesto at the Eat Lancet report launch in Rome, and has created a food experience called “The Plate with Chef Mokgadi”, a pop up food event which is based on the “planetary health plate” from the Eat Lancet Report.

Mission

Our mission is to preserve our culture and heritage through healthy, sustainable food. In so doing we want to empower people who have been excluded from the mainstream economy by providing employment and skills that will help them be independent entrepreneurs. We will achieve this by training people in food preparation, cooking skills, Agro processing and then utilize their acquired skills to service Ujuspice and its clients.