Food for thought as refugee chefs cook for a cause

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Food for thought as refugee chefs cook for a cause

Six chefs show their stuff at annual event to build community and beat xenophobia

Sumin Woo

When Cape Town chef Yodit Teklu stepped off a boat into the Mother City 14 years ago, food was not top of her mind.

The 32-year-old had fled from Eritrea, where even the universities had closed down. “When you finish school there, you have to go into military service," she said.

She took refuge with her cousin and his family, working at their Cape Town restaurant, which specialised in Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. When they moved, she started running the business...

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