Three South Africans deserve
a round of applause this week.
Local chef and
first-time author, Nompumelelo Mqwebu, won a national
award for the South African region in the categories of
first book and self-published in the Gourmand World
Cookbook Awards for her debut cookbook, Through the
Eyes of an African Chef.
These awards make her eligible to compete in these same
categories for the best in the world awards, with the
overall winners to be announced in May 2018.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is an international
competition founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau that
honours the best food and wine books, printed or
digital, as well as food television. Entries are
accepted from 205 countries.
Mqwebu says: "It is such an honour for my first cookbook
to have been so well received and recognised by such a
prestigious competition and organisation. These awards
have been a real highlight for me on this incredible
journey of which there have already been so many highs."
On the film front, another South African has achieved
international success. John Trengrove, the director of
Oscar-shortlisted isiXhosa film Inxeba, has
been signed by top United States (US) talent agency
Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles.
The agency is considered the world's leading
entertainment and sports agency, and includes Ava
DuVernay (Selma), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
and Steven Spielberg (most recently, The Post).
Says Trengrove: "This is an exceptional honour for me as
[the agency] manages numerous prestigious clients and
represents many of the most successful professionals
working in film, television and theatre," says Trengrove.
"The company has a long history of industry leadership
and innovation, and I am tremendously excited about the
opportunities that lie ahead for me as a filmmaker."
The star of Inxeba ¡V Nakhane ¡V revealed on
Instagram recently that he's been signed to Paradigm
Talent Agency in the US and Coda Agency in the United
Kingdom and Europe. The agency lists Black-Eyed Peas,
Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Janelle Monáe among their
talent. ¡V Source: