Celebrity chef and TV host Lentswe Bhengu has died, his family has confirmed. Announcing the news in a statement shared on his social media pages, his family revealed that the celebrated chef suffered a short illness and died on Tuesday evening. 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,” the statement reads.
“Lentswe had the misfortune of suffering a short illness and succumbed last night, 28th of February 2023, at Sandton Medi-Clinic.
The family has asked for prayers and privacy during their mourning period and said details of his memorial service and funeral will be announced in due course.
— Lentswe Bhengu (@iam_lentswe) March 1, 2023
This is really sad💔 condolences to Chef Lentswe Bhengu's family and friends. He looked like such a happy soul. #RIPChefLentswe
— MaNgcobo (@2le_Fuze) March 1, 2023
Lentswe was an investment banker turned chef and had an illustrious career. He appeared on a number of cooking shows, including Africa on a Plate, The Great South African Bake Off as well as KFC Taste Kitchen.
Hayi😭RIP #ChefLentswe 💔😭 pic.twitter.com/x9sWeY904H
— Bonga MJ Ndlovu Mokoena (@Sir_halla) March 1, 2023