My Story

Josh is now a teenager whose journey towards stardom in the kitchen started when he made drawings of comic strips of a character cooking a recipe as a very young boy in a small move that would see him acquiring a taste for cooking. Given that his parents were huge fans of Masterchef Australia, his father thought it would be a good idea for Josh to draw a lot of comic recipes for The Mzansi Magic Market Day competition.

When he was eight years old Josh entered Mzansi Magic Market Day with 30 copies of his hand made activity cookbook and had the remarkable achievement of winning the Best stall at the Market Day that year.

After his handmade activity cookbook won The Msanzi Magic Market Day, Josh kept dishing out more with his first cookbook, titled “Cook with Josh”, being published in 2012. His book made him the youngest published author in South Africa at the age of nine. Josh’s latest book, “Bake with Josh” was launched in April 2014.

A year later, Josh’s book was selected as the South African winner of the Gourmand Award and soon after that he heard that he was one of the six finalists in the world. His book then officially became the Best Children’s Cookbook in the world in 2012. He competed with adult authors from 171 countries to attain this outstanding feat.

On Josh’s initiative, 750 street kids were fed at the “Cook with Josh Charity Day” in November 2013. Josh’s recipe for success is illustrated by the message he has for fellow children wishing to make a mark in whatever field they are interested in. His short yet inspiring words for his peers are: “Pay it forward and make a difference”.

Having always shown signs of being hungry for success, Josh currently receives a professional chef’s training at his home from a local chef to improve all his skills.

In 2016 Josh’s website and blog won 3rd prize in the Gourmand awards for the food website category.