Mkhanyiseli Kapa


From the streets of Cape Town to London’s high society, Mkhanyiseli, or MK as he is affectionately known, has shown that the fairy tale of rags to riches can come true through self-belief.

MK spent almost a decade living on Cape Town’s streets in a cycle of abuse, gangsterism and crime. But through the NGO MylifE he secured an opportunity to train and work with Britain’s “Naked Chef”, Jamie Oliver, at his Fifteen Foundation in London. MK is currently continuing his training at the South African Chefs Academy under the mentorship of Garth Stroebel and Paul Hartmann.

Mindful of his roots, the young chef wants to plough what he has learnt back into the community he came from. He uses his knowledge and experience to assist them to find solutions and understanding to the phenomenon of marginalisation. By mentoring new recruits through the MylifE programme, MK assists them to emotionally regenerate and empower themselves to find employment and career opportunities, thereby facilitating social and economic reintegration into mainstream society.

Lunch Spot: Balducci's, Cape Town