Titi’s mobile kitchen aiming for the stars against all odds

Windhoek resident, Gladness Shipanga, (Titi) who is the owner of Titi’s Kitchen took her passion for cooking and turned it into a mobile kitchen business with brilliant results.

She is also the inventor of a homemade hot sauce named Titi’s hot sauce which she says is selling like hotcakes.

Speaking to The Villager this week, she took this publication through her cooking journey.

In 2011 she was selling burgers in front of the International University of Management while pursuing her studies in business administration.

“When I was in my third year I dropped out of varsity because I started getting late for school as I had to prepare food first before my day starts,” she narrated further.

She landed a job at Trustco in the retail marketing department but threw in the towel after nine months in order to focus on her own business.

“I just felt like I wanted to focus on my catering business since it was newly registered. So, I went for it and that is the same time I became a mobile chef as well. I would get calls to go cook at different houses” she said.

Last year, Gladness had to put her cooking business on hold to complete her scholarship from the Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy.

She explained, “In September 2017, I got a scholarship under NASFAF and I had to put my cooking business on hold because I was a full-time student. But I am back now and will be graduating on the 14th of March.”

She is now back to business and has just started cooking after her classes ended.

“I currently give cooking classes where I draw up menus and also give catering consultations,” the 27 year old told The Villager.

Titi does not only make a mean burger but she can fix anything for breakfast, lunch or dinner and her business has flourished despite the hard economic times, she said.

“Business was slow before I became a full-time student but I would really say it is picking up now. I survive through cooking,” she admitted.

She encouraged other aspiring cooks to take further steps to realise their dreams in the culinary industry.