Heavy Chef Raw
After years of meeting the most inspiring people on the planet, the doers who make up the Heavy Chef community, we decided it was time to capture footage of these unique interactions. Heavy Chef anchor Caley van der Kolk heads up the Raw team, immersing herself weekly in the world of these amazing people and taste-testing the raw ingredients of what make these unique individuals tick. If you like what you see here, subscribe to our weekly digest (click here) and ensure you also subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here).
Sam Beckbessinger is a anomaly. One of the smartest financial minds in South Africa, yet her education was anything but financially-minded. Our immersive anchor Caley van der Kolk decided to face her financial fears and go head-to-head with Sam in tackling some of the basic financial questions that plagues her and just about any other millennial on this green planet of ours.
Marlon Parker is a true African entrepreneur phenomenon. Together with his wife, he started a very special project in the underserved area of Langa, outside of Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa. "RLabs is in the business of hope," according to Parker. Since its inception, the project has reached over 9m people and operates in 23 countries. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, anchor Caley van der Kolk finds out the secret recipe that Marlon has been wielding in creating such a remarkable and impactive South African success story.
Monde Sitole is an astonishing young South African. He is an educator, philosopher, fundraiser, entrepreneur, social activist and mountain climber. Monde has already climbed 4 out 7 of the world's highest peaks and now, in his mid-twenties, he intends to scale the other three - including Mt Everest without bottled oxygen. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, our intrepid anchor, Caley van der Kolk hikes the Cape Town's most sedentary peak, Constantia Nek (Everest, it ain't) - and gleans an extraordinary lesson from an extraordinary individual.
Yesterday, on Wednesday the 2nd May, we paid a visit to Tastelab HQ, headed up by Wessel Adriaan Pieterse. With a BSC degree in Food Science behind his name, followed by an MBA from UCT GSB, coupled with product design courses in Barcelona (I mean, what’s next Wes?), Secco Infusion is Wessel’s first creation that lives, very neatly beneath the Tastlab Mother Brand. Secco is already in 50 stores in 8 months. We find out how Wessel did it.
Dennis Ngango is the winner of Samsung's Social Star Competition, selected by former Ms. South Africa Joanne Strauss herself. In this video, Dennis takes over the Heavy Chef Raw playlist (dayam dude, why you gotta be that way?). Heavy Chef anchor Caley van der Kolk spoke to Dennis before the "Online Video Revolution" Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg on 10th April to discuss his journey. Dennis is one sharp guy. Engineer by day, vlogger by night, Dennis is the millennial equivalent of a superhero. He shares with Caley why he started his channel, finding his authentic voice, the struggles, the rewards and the benefits of what it's like to conceptualise, produce and syndicate a personal YouTube channel.
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