Nolu Debe-Cele

Meet Nolu, private chef and founder of Seven Colours Eatery, a pop up dining experience serving contemporary South African inspired dishes.

Q & A with Nolu

1: I am a rural girl from a small town called Tsengiwe. I grew up in East London for most of my schooling. I completed my studies in Hospitality Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. I have lived in the USA, New York and Ascot, UK.

I dream of creating a global brand that can solve economic problems and heal the divisions in our country. My catering business is a vehicle I use to achieve this dream.

I mainly cater to high-end visitors. Sharing my food in spaces and classes that one would not commonly find it in. It’s my way of saying I belong and I am good enough.

2. The highlight of my work is how the international market loves our food, not only because it’s something they have never eaten before, but because its good and it has an amazing story. I often hear people ask, “Where else can I find this kind of food?”

3.Transformation in this industry will come when we demand our place in dominant spaces of this industry. As a community, we must recognize and address the injustices of this industry. We must tell our own stories through our lenses and cook our food our way, even though this may not be a popular trend.

4. Through this platform, I can easily access people with a wealth of knowledge about our people. It ascertains that I carry the right message and a positive African identity to the global community.

To whom much is given, much is expected. This platform allows me to also play my part.

5. I look up to Dorah Sitole. She never gave up because it was tough. In all her work she remains true to her identity. It’s people like her who have made our path much easier than before.

You can find Seven Colours Eatery on Instagram:  @sevencolours_eatery
Facebook: Seven colours eatery
Or call Nolu at 0837297816