Foodies Mathapelo Montsho and Yolanda Dlamini close catering business after a decade

Mathapelo Montsho and Yolanda Dlamini. Picture: Why Cook Instagram

Mathapelo Montsho and Yolanda Dlamini. Picture: Why Cook Instagram

Published Jul 4, 2024


Founders of the ‘Why Cook’ studio, Mathapelo Montsho and Yolanda Dlamini, have decided to close their food catering business after 10 years.

The duo announced the closure of the business on their Instagram account on Thursday, July 4.

“After 10 incredible years, WhyCook Pty Ltd is closing its doors. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our amazing clients for their unwavering support.

“Your trust in us has made this journey unforgettable. Here’s to all the wonderful memories we’ve created together! Please note as of today we are no longer operating. THANK YOU”, they noted.

Friends and colleagues sent words of gratitude and encouragement.

Chef Kelly wrote: “What an era. Thank you for everything guys. Can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings you.”

Chef Lucia Mthiyane wrote: “I'm so saddened to hear that your kitchen studios will be closing their doors after an impressive 10-year run. While it's the end of an era, I want to acknowledge the incredible memories and experiences we've shared within those walls.

“Your dedication to culinary excellence has been outstanding, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. May your next chapter be filled with continued success and prosperity.”

Bridget Masinga wrote: “You ladies really did give it an incredible run!!! All the best in your future endeavours and I am certain what comes next will be just as amazing.”

Why Cook was founded in 2014 and specialised in unlimited-sized events, corporate meals and private dinners. They used the best ingredients to create meals that best represented the nature of their client’s events, big or small.

They were one of the best catering businesses in the country, marked by their partnership with corporate giants like L’Oréal South Africa and Airports Company South Africa.

In an interview with Independent Media Lifestyle about the business when they launched, Dlamini said, when they started, they just had the bare necessities: a working stove and their love for food.

“As our clientele grew we were expected to produce certification to prove our legitimacy,” said Montsho.

“It happens at least once in a while, where someone will say, “So, you’re just a cook?”, but we are self-taught and proud to be able to compete with our culinary qualified industry peers,” affirmed Dlamini.

When asked if they have ambitions to pursue any culinary qualifications, the duo said: “We don’t need the ABCs of cheffing, what we would like is more insight on how to operate a sustainable culinary business on a managerial level.”