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Nelson Mandela's Personal Chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, Collects Leader's Fave Recipes In New Book

10/23/2012 04:17 pm ET

Even Nelson Mandela has a sweet tooth.

At 94, South Africa’s most famous head of state still likes to indulge in dessert.

“He’ll be discouraging the children, saying fruit should be the only thing that you can eat,” says his longtime personal chef Xoliswa (pronounced Ko-lees-wah) Ndoyiya.

But serve Malva pudding — a baked treat topped with ice cream or custard — or strawberry trifle and the former political powerhouse “just eats it up.”

Ndoyiya, a Queenstown native, has been cooking for Mandela since 1992. Her job interview consisted of just one question: “Can you cook our home food?”

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