Food I Love You: A Culinary Journey of Bravery and Resilience

Food I Love You: A Culinary Journey of Bravery and Resilience
Mpho Mthembu

Mpho Mthembu, a Joburg-based visionary entrepreneur behind Food I Love You and a mother of two, shares her remarkable journey of passion, perseverance, and love for food in a candid and inspiring revelation to inspire entrepreneurs ahead of Small Business Day.

In a heartfelt interview with Yoco, an African technology company,  the merchant invites us into her world, where the table is not just a place for meals but a sanctuary for connection and celebration. She opens up about the challenges of balancing entrepreneurship with family life, acknowledging the sacrifices made while striving to build a better future for her children.

“At the heart of it all, food became the enabler for bravery,” she shares, highlighting how her culinary creations transcend mere sustenance to become expressions of courage and creativity.

Food, I Love You began as a humble endeavour in Mpho’s kitchen, where she found comfort and inspiration amidst life’s trials. Through perseverance and the unwavering support of her family, she transformed her passion into a thriving business, connecting people through the universal language of food.

Yet, behind the scenes of success, Mpho reveals the unseen struggles, the late nights, and the challenges of rebuilding after the devastating impact of COVID-19. That’s where Yoco stepped in to offer a lifeline of support and empowerment.

Through Yoco’s innovative payment solutions and business tools, Food I Love You has been able to streamline its operations, expand its customer base, and adapt to the ever-changing demands of the industry. From contactless payments to real-time analytics, Yoco has provided Mpho’s business with the tools needed to thrive in today’s competitive market.

Despite the hardships, her resilience shines through, fueled by the love and encouragement of her loved ones. “What you see now is the good times,” she asserts, acknowledging the triumphs born from hardships. “Each step forward is where bravery lives.”

In the face of doubt and adversity, Mpho remains unwavering in her conviction, declaring, “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.” Her story is a testament to the power of determination and the transformative force of love.

Food I Love You is more than just a culinary establishment; it is a testament to the indomitable spirit of its founder and the profound impact of following one’s passion against all odds.



About Food I Love You:

Food I Love You is a South African culinary establishment founded by Mpho Mthembu. With a focus on creativity, connection, and community, Food I Love You offers a unique dining experience that celebrates the joy of food and the bonds it creates.

About Yoco:

Yoco is an African technology company that builds tools and services to help small businesses get paid, run their business better, and grow. We believe that by opening up more possibilities for entrepreneurs to be successful, we can help create more jobs, enable people to thrive and help to drive our economy forward.  Yoco ranks 18th in Africa and 5th in South Africa, in the Financial Times Africa’s Fastest Growing Companies Report and has been named as one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021. Find out more here and view our press page here.