Inspired by Tebo and Lebo Ndala

Tebo and Lebo Ndala are 27-year-old chefs from Mamelodi, Pretoria. They studied culinary arts at The Hurst campus in Stellenbosch before moving to the US to take extra courses at UCLA Extension. In addition to being pop up restaurateurs, they are food stylists and food editors as well. In September 2019, they  published their first cookbook, Food Stories, which won its first International award in 2020, and it was named the 3rd best African cookbook in the world by the Gourmand awards.

Nowadays, what are you most grateful for?

In times like these we do not take our families for granted. Furthermore, we are thankful for time, for rest, as well as just bonding in general.

Every person's idea of self-care is different, please tell us about yours?

For us, self-care involves going to the gym, as well as going out for a fancy dinner. Self-care for us consists of relaxing with a good book and listening to lovely music quietly.

What changes have you made to your lifestyle in terms of wellness since the pandemic?

As a result, we do a bit more work out and sleep a full eight hours each night. We drink lots of tea and water as well.

What motivates you to prioritise your health and wellbeing?

A strong immune system is absolutely essential; the option of not having one is just not an option, so that encourages us to stay fit and healthy. Just being able to look our best in general, to feel comfortable in our own skin and be able to wear our favourite clothes.

Being the best version of yourself professionally and personally daily is your commitment to self - how do you keep this at the forefront when life becomes too busy?

Our first priority is to make sure we're busy with things that make us happy. We don't thrive in toxic environments or spaces that don't inspire us. The first thing we do is take care of ourselves before we try to take care of anyone else. Whenever life becomes too busy, we pace ourselves and add in things that we know will make us happy, something to look forward to.

What’s the secret to staying youthful and energetic?

We believe being kind and enjoying everything and everybody and not stress about anything is the key. Don’t sweat the small stuff, have fun (whatever that looks like for you). And obviously working out, you need to move your body. 

How do you deal with periods characterised by a lack of inspiration or procrastination in your life and work?

We take it easy on ourselves. We don't always feel great every and certainly don't come up with ideas every day, so we relax, read a book, refresh our minds, have a meeting at an upscale restaurant, and go back to the drawing board without putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves.

What do you do to unwind or treat yourself?

We read, we drink lots of tea and binge watch something fun on TV. Additionally, we enjoy going to pictureEsque restaurants and enjoying delicious food. 

What is the most important lesson you have learned about success?

We’ve learnt that it doesn’t just happen over night. It takes thousands of nights to become an overnight success. And it requires a lot of hard work and a positive attitude because you’re gonna need it on tough days.

What advice can you offer people who are in a rut?

Take it easy on yourself. Tough days don’t last, it’s impossible for them to last. Always know that your best days are never behind you. You should always expect good things to happen.

What do you want your legacy to be?

In the end, we just want to be remembered as those kind Twins who worked hard and crushed their dreams; the Mamelodi girls who took on the world! In addition to being successful women, we want to be remembered as women who helped other women succeed as well. We desire to build an empire that will benefit not just our own generations but a great many others as well.

Your parting wisdom?

Be consistent, always!! No matter what the environment may be, no matter how much or how little applause there is, consistency is the key and consistency unlocks doors.

Top 5 things you'd want to take with you anywhere you go (non necessities).

Cellphone. Silk bonnet. Make up remover. Sanitizer and hot sauce. Lol

What's your favourite Wine/Restaurant/Holiday Destination to feed your soul and why? 

The top of our list is our visit to Russia, which we enjoyed so much. The people were great, the food was great, the sights were beautiful, and it was winter so there was snow everywhere. We cannot think of anything better. 

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