Meet Our Shipshape Chef

Q&A with Mike Phiri

Your first name:
Mike

Your surname:
Phiri

Do you have a “nickname”?
Chef

What is your current job title?
Chef aboard Shayamanzi

Are you single / married?
Married

If married – do you have any children & how old are they?
One son 8 years old

Where do you grow up & do your schooling?
Malawi

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Always wanted to cook – I am the local Jamie Oliver

What led you to your career where you are now?
Started working at Shayamoya in the late 90s and then offered a job at a game lodge in Springs, and once the boats were built was asked to come back which I was delighted to do.

What are you obsessed with?
Making great food

What is your favourite leisure activity / hobby?
Like to clean and maintain my home

What’s the coolest part of your job on the Shayamanzi House Boat?
I love to cook

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be positive and great things tend to happen

Who’s your all-time hero and why?

Nelson Mandela – the World’s iconic leader who fought all his life for freedom which I am so grateful for

What is your favourite food item & drink?
Stiff pap / cream soda

What is your favourite TV show?
I love watching Football and other sports shows.

Personalities you most admire and why (Living or deceased)?
Nelson Mandela, all the way!

What is your dream car?
Toyota Corolla

Six things you truly love?
Game viewing, bird watching, gardening , planting ground nuts and vegetables. I love my life and thoroughly enjoy being busy and working. I think that’s more than 6. I could go on.

What 2 things make KZN great?
It’s a great place to live and I really love my house.

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