MEET THE CHEF AND SOUS CHEF
Kirsten Mohamed grew up in Alan Manor, Johannesburg. At the age of seven Kirsten fell in love with performing after starting ballet. Kirsten then attended Marist Brothers Linmeyer which offered Dramatic Arts as a subject and later went on to attend Witwatersrand University where she majored in Performance, Writing and Directing. Whilst at Wits, Kirsten was fortunate enough to act in several theatrical productions directed by seasoned veterans. Constantly growing and delving deeper into her talents, Kirsten has also adopted the roles of writer and director.
In Disney Cookabout, Kirsten plays the Head Chef and hosts the show alongside her Sous Chef, Mthunzi Ntoyi. This comedic duo demonstrate to a dynamic group of young ‘cooktestants’ how to create simple and appetizing meals, whilst being educated on how food reaches our tables.
Kirsten says the highlight of filming Disney Cookabout has been getting to know all the kids. “They all have such different and interesting personalities and I loved viewing the show through their eyes.”
When Kirsten is not shooting, there are a number of things that she enjoys doing for fun such as reading and writing. Most often, she explains, she can be found enjoying good food or watching a movie with her siblings.Read More
Mthunzi “Charlie Ckeeno” Ntoyi was born in Umthata, Eastern Cape. As a young boy Mthunzi did a lot of impersonations but only acknowledged his passion as a talent when in Grade 11 attending Port Shepstone High School. With the insistence and support of his drama teacher, Mthunzi enrolled in film school which kick started his career.
In his second year of film school, Mthunzi got his first big break in the television series, Score. At this time, Mthunzi also tried his hand at stand-‐up comedy which resulted in numerous comedy festivals nationally, from the Soweto Comedy Festival to the Wits HeHeHeHe Comedy Festival.
In Disney Cookabout, Mthunzi plays the Sous Chef and hosts the show alongside Head Chef Kirsten Mohamed.
Mthunzi’s favourite meal to cook is Tuna burgers – tasty and healthy. After starring in a children’s cooking show in 2011, Mthunzi fell in love with cooking and now cooks almost every day. He says, “It doesn't feel like a chore anymore, it calms me down more than anything.”
Mthunzi also says that, “You can never know enough.” For him, the highlight of the show has been the constant learning. He enjoys increasing his knowledge on almost any topic, but especially anything food-‐related.
When not involved in any productions, Mthunzi can be found around any source of entertainment that occurs indoors, but he particularly enjoys writing.Read More