By Izelle Hoffman
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
Izelle Hoffman is SA’s newest rising star in the culinary industry and although she never formally trained as a chef, growing up in a household where great food was always a comfort and source of nourishment, it seemed a natural progression for her to take inspiration from the dishes she grew up with and turn it into a modern, playful and healthy experience.
Growing your own vegetables and experimenting with different flavours has always been a part of Izelle’s upbringing. Both Grandmothers and mother boasted world class vegetable gardens and her Aunt was moderator of Home Economics for the North West province. All of these influences contributed to Izelle’s development into a ‘’conscious foodie’’.
Having already proved herself a formidable businesswoman with a penchant for marketing, Izelle has found creative ways of combining her passion for food and people with solid strategies to bring those three components together through her I’Mpossible charity organisation where various outreach programs have touched the lives of many underprivileged people around South Africa. I’Mpossible focuses on nutrition, education, sports development and environmental sustainability making it a valuable initiative to inform and uplift all communities around South Africa.
She is also no stranger to television and has hosted several cooking inserts on SuperSport where she regularly creates her mouth watering signature dishes with the assistance of SA’s top PSL Soccer Players. She also hosted the cooking inserts for a season on Tshwane Tv in 2015 on the Capital Breakfast Show in order to reach lower LSM communities with her creative ways of cooking.
As Izelle explains, time and health are some of the most important aspects that money can’t buy, making it two of the most precious commodities in your life. ‘’We only live once and we only have one body to live it in. My Faith tells me that my body is a temple and I should take the best possible care of it’’ and that’s what she strives to do everyday.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that your diet needs to be boring and restricted, especially where vegetables are concerned. Too many children grow up without access to vegetables and the nourishment it offers. Most children don’t enjoy vegetables,neither do they know where vegetables come from, or why it’s beneficial to your health to eat them, but this is something Izelle is set on changing. Vegetables should be the foundation of your nutrition in a fun, flavourful and exciting way.
From young farm girl with a passion for food to entrepreneur and lifestyle chef – Izelle Hoffman’s passion for people and drive for improving the lives of communities around South Africa is unstoppable.
Food, the same as culture is an international language and we invite you to help us drive this initiative until every child has the possibility of a brighter, healthier future.
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