Zanele Van Zyl AKA Cooking With Zanele Biography – Age

Zanele Van Zyl

Her name is Zanele Van Zyl, but her social media name is Cooking With Zanele. She’s a South African award-winning chef and best-selling cookbook author who has grown to be one of the most famous cooks in South Africa. Let’s dive deep into her history and career to know more about her.

Early Life 

The talented cook comes from the village of Bergville in Kwa Zulu Natal where she also grew up in. Life wasn’t rosy for her family, we can as well say she comes from a humble beginning. Starting from her early years, she watched her mother cook traditional food but that didn’t bring out the talent that was hidden inside her until she got married. Her husband challenged her in the kitchen with his cooking skills and this brought out her passion and talent in culinary arts. You might know about this, Her husband loves to cook, which led to him taking culinary classes while abroad in Canada, this served as her inspiration. This is what she has to say;

I guess the real shocking part was that my husband was a better cook than me, and my competitiveness couldn’t let it rest. So, I started down an unexpected but very fulfilling path.

Zanele Van Zyl Age 

She was born in the early 1980s.

Zanele Van Zyl Husband/Family

Zanele Van Zyl daughters

Many have asked this question; Is Zanele Van Zyl married? Of course, she’s married, she got married in 2010. She has two daughters Thando Hadebe and Zandi. Her husband is not in any of her social media pictures or videos because he’s a private person, she stated the following about him.

He can be addressed as “my husband”. My husband supported my studies and has continued to help me throughout my career,’.


Her career has grown so much which can be seen when you check her up on social media. In case you missed it, she was a former IT technician before leaving that career to pursue her passion. When her passion was kindled, she started Cooking With Zanele classes where she teaches others. This brand she started shot her to fame and today it has influenced many chefs and families. She has written the Cooking with Zanele book which the price goes for R305 and volume 2 has been released too which goes for R390. Aprons are sold too on her website. She’s an ambassador to Shoprite.

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Best Selling Cook Book Author
Award Winning CookBook’21
Culinary Media Personal’22

Social Media Accounts 

Her Instagram page has grown to more than 450,000 massive followers. Her Facebook followers have more than 900,000 followers which keeps adding up daily.

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