Lentswe Bhengu Biography; Age, Cause of Death, Education, Profile

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Lentswe Bhengu died on 28 February, 2023, after suffering a short illness.

Lentswe Bhengu (born July 22, 1986) was a South African celebrity chef and television personality. He is best known for hosting many food-themed shows.

The late sought-after television presenter was prominent for fusing emotion with fine dining. He looked at food festivals, events, and expos.

The Chef wanted to launch his cookbook, Africa on a Plate, in 2024. Lately, he appeared on the Mzansi Magic aired television show We Start 2023 Stronger.

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 Chef Lentswe Bhengu biography
Lentswe Bhengu-Mafoko. (1986-2023)
Quick Facts
Full Name:Lentswe Bhengu-Mafoko
Other names:Chef Lentswe
Born:July 22, 1986
Place of Birth:KwaZulu-Natal
Died:February 28, 2023 (age
Place of Death:Sandton Medi-Clinic
Nationality:South African
Education: The Culinary Academy, Cape Winelands
Occupation:Chef, TV host
Cause of Death:Brief illness

Early Life

Lentswe Bhengu was born July 22, 1986, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Growing up, he was eager to do things about food and dining.

As a boy of eight years, Bhengu had already begun cooking as he followed his mother around the kitchen. 


Lentswe graduated as a professional chef from The Culinary Academy in the Cape Winelands.


After completing his studies, he entered the culinary scene. He worked with some top restaurants in the country.

At first, he worked in investment banking but dropped his suit for what he loved doing, cooking, in 2010. 

Some reputable fine dining restaurants he has worked with include The Savoy Cabbage, The Roundhouse Restaurant, and Saucisse Deli.

Bhengu has established his presence in other countries. He filmed the series and provided online food content. He was also a presenter for a local television cooking show Kasi Kitchen. The show aired on Soweto TV for six months in 2014.

On SABC3 Expresso, the talented Chef made many appearances as a guest chef. He was also a regular Master of ceremonies and Chef at food festivals, expos, and events in South Africa.

Chef Lentswe started to host season two of the BBC Lifestyle competition series The Great South African Bake Off in 2016, taking over from Donovan Goliath.

The following year, he hosted the advertiser-funded cooking reality series Flava Queens. The show aired for six episodes on the privately owned free-to-air television station E.tv.

Personal Life

Cause of Death

Lentswe Bhengu died on February 28, 2023. He suffered a brief illness that claimed his life at Sandton Medi-Clinic. The Mafoko and Bhengu families announced on Wednesday. 

 “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,”