A virtual memorial service for chef and award-winning author, Dorah Sitole, will be held on Thursday.

The former True Love Food Editor and stylist died at a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday.

She was 67 years old.

Sitole’s death has been described as a huge loss to the culinary industry.

Her colleagues have described her as an African culinary queen, iconic and warm.

Just a few months ago, Mam’Dorah as she is affectionately known, launched her book titled: 40 years of Iconic Food.

The SABC’s Trendz Travel show spoke to the late chef in November 2020 shortly after the book launch:

She grew up in Soweto and started working straight after high school.

Sitole later trained as a Cordon Bleu Chef and travelled around Africa where she got inspiration for her cookbooks.

She has bagged a number of awards, including the Inaugural President’s Award in 2007.

Sitole lauded as an African food advocate: