Chef Lentswe

Chef Lentswe has died. Image via Twitter: @philmphela

RIP: ‘The Great SA Bake Off’s’ Chef Lentswe has died

#RIPChefLentswe: The Bhengu and Mafoko families have announced the untimely passing of ‘KFC Taste Chicken’s’ Chef Lentswe Bhengu.

Chef Lentswe

Chef Lentswe has died. Image via Twitter: @philmphela

TV personality Chef Lentswe Bhengu-Mafoko has passed away at the age of 37.


News of his passing was announced by his family in a media statement released on Wednesday, 1 March. According to the statement, Chef Lentswe passed on Tuesday, 28 February, after a short illness.

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“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the untimely passing of our beloved son and brother, Lentswe Bhengu-Mafoko fondly known to the media and his culinary family as Chef Lentswe.

“Lentswe had the misfortune of suffering a short illness and succumbed last night, 28th of February 2023 at Sandton Medi-Clinic,” read the statement.

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The Bhengu and Mafoko families also shared a verse from the Bible: “Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

“The Mafoko and Bhengu families welcome your prayers and request some time to privately mourn the passing of our beloved son. Details of his memorial and funeral will follow in due time.”

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Families announce the passing of Chef Lentswe. Image via Twitter: @iam_lentswe


Chef Lentswe was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal. According to TVSA, he enrolled at The Culinary Academy in the Cape Winelands and graduated as a professional chef.

Many will remember the chef as a presenter on a local television cooking show for Soweto TV, called Kasi Kitchen, which aired for six months in 2014. While others may remember him as a regular guest chef on S3’s Expresso.

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In 2016, Chef Lentswe replaced Donovan Goliath as the host of the second season of the BBC Lifestyle competition series The Great South African Bake Off. He was also Phat Joe’s private chef on his Showmax Original talk show, Cheeky Palate.