Charmaine Lehabe qualified as a chef from Capsicum Culinary Studio and is a co-founder of The Squared Experience, a company that creates a private fine-dining experience at your home for you and your guests.
Working in an industry that is notoriously tough, and one that has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19, she says almost giving up on her business at the peak of the pandemic would have been one of her biggest mistakes. But moments like winning business awards from YFM and Sunlight give Lehabe the confidence boost to know she is on the right track.
Through her work and business, Lehabe hopes to have a positive impact on how people are remunerated and how they approach their work. “Through my work, young chefs should be able to realise that to be great, one doesn’t need to work for someone else, because greatness starts within oneself,” she says.
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