We first met Lorna Maseko when she became a Top Billing presenter a couple of years ago. The Alexandra born entertainer is credited as being one of the 1st black ballerinas in South Africa. After leaving ballet, Lorna branched into television and she has had a pretty successful TV career as a Top Billing presenter as well as hosting her own cooking show, The Hostess, on SABC 3 which is in its second season.
There is a lot of information out there about the beauty but most of it is not from her mouth so we have decided to do a Q&A style interview with her to know her a whole lot better.
Tell us more about your upbringing, Growing up, did you always love being in the kitchen?
I grew up in Alex and I started off as a Ballet dancer, I never really knew that I had any interest in being in a kitchen but I think after doing Master Chef, thats what sparked my love for cooking and hosting. I find cooking very therapeutic, it is my place to zone out and have me time.
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Where did you find the time to hone your cooking skills?
During my dancing days, I used to experiment with things I ate because I could not eat much, but I went to Chef school for a couple of months and I then realised that it was not my thing after a while. My skill gets better when I try different things at home.
Which one of your jobs is your favourite between The Hostess, Top Billing and running a business?
The things that I do feed into each other, I love The Hostess because it allows me to be me, fun and quirky and interesting, I also love Top billing because it is part of my personality, I love travelling, meeting new people, I love what the show stands for and I also love being an entrepreneur, I have always been an entrepreneurial kind of person, it is something I got from my dad.
Every single thing that I do fuels into each other and it is part of who I am as a person, it is never about which one do I enjoy doing the most, they all feed each other which is great and I absolutely love each and every single one of them.
You & your The Hostess co-host, Thabo have a great rapport on the show, were you two friends before you started working together?
I did not know Thabo before the show but I think he adds an interesting energy and value to the show which is fantastic.
As The Hostess, who is your dream guest?
I would love to host some of the most powerful women in the country, the likes of Dr Anna Mogokong, Khanyi Dlomo and Basetsana Kumalo, I think they are very fascinating and I would love to get into their heads and figure out how they got to be where they are even though I have read their stories so many times.
Another interesting guest would be President Cyril Ramaphosa, I would love to know what goes on in his head when he is in parliament, the pressures he faces and what he wants to do with the country, I think that it would be really interesting.
It would also be interesting to host Zodwa Wabantu and Skolopad together, they are characters who would be very entertaining. The Hostess is not just a cooking show, it is an entertainment show, I want to make sure that you learn and laugh while you are watching the show.
What is your favourite meal to cook?
I love making hearty food, I always say I make a really good Oxtail and a Lamb Shank.
What are some of the challenges of being a restauranteur?
Some of the challenges of being in the restaurant business are that you are either a restauranteur or you are not, it is like almost a baby that never really matures or grows up, there are a lot of lessons that I have learned along the way, it is one of those businesses which require you to be there all the time and if you do not have the time for it, it might not completely work out.
For anyone who has not watched The Hostess, how would you describe it to them using food?
The Hostess is like Caviar, Oysters & Champagne. It is fun, quirky and interesting, it is not like any other cooking show. I want to teach people how to make amazing food while they are being entertained. I do not want you to just watch because you like Caviar, Oysters & Champagne, I want you to watch because it takes you to a moment in your life, I also want you to laugh throughout the show, be it at my terrible singing or my quirky personality.
The show is funny, bubbly, delicious and rich, it has all those fun things that make a show good.
When you get home after a long day, who is the one person who enjoys your food? Is there a special man in your life?
When I get home I do not cook because I mostly spend the day cooking and no, there are no special meals prepared for anybody at the moment.
You have created a niche market for yourself in the food industry, what else would you like to do with it?
There is so much I want to do, I want to travel overseas, I want to build a global food brand, cookbooks, there is nothing stopping me from achieving my goals. I always say that I am going to keep it moving until I get to where I need to be. I have never been this happy in my life, I am not content because I constantly want to grow and do more.
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