Chef Ska Mirriam was a Lesotho born chef who, as a child, loved to spend time in her mother’s kitchen. She went on to study the culinary arts at a school in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Lesotho does not have culinary schools to provide this knowledge.
Upon finishing her training, Ska Mirriam returned to Lesotho to fill this gap with food education courses that teach aspiring chefs the basics of cooking as well as the importance of championing local farmers and produce in their menus. Ska Mirriam also advocates for greater involvement of women in the food industry, encouraging more women to become chefs.
Moteane carries out a number of roles as a chef, award-winning author, newspaper columnist and TV personality as well as a consultant to Lesotho’s food industry. Most recently, Ska Mirriam won the 2014 Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in the small and medium-sized enterprises category as well as the 2014 Finite Magazine’s Women Appreciation Awards in the Ambassador category.
Ska Mirriam has also worked with IFAD’s Recipes for Change campaign, where chefs highlight the need for smallholder farmers to adapt now to climate impacts to safeguard food security. For more on Ska Mirriam, read this article or follow her on twitter and facebook.