Renowned culinary artist and tv personality, Fatima Sydow, dies after battling cancer

Renowned culinary artist and tv personality, Fatima Sydow, has died.

ARCHIVE: Fatima Sydow being interviewed on Bush Radio

The news of her passing was confirmed by her family on Tuesday evening. She was 50-years-old.

‘’Fatima, known for her exceptional culinary skills, infectious enthusiasm and warm personality, passed away peacefully earlier today at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, after battling soft tissue sarcoma since 2020. She was surrounded by her immediate family,’’ read the family statement.

The cookbook author shared her cancer journey with thousands of followers on social media up till a few days ago when she posted a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed surrounded by loved ones following disinformation that she had died. A benefit show called “A Song for you Fatima Sydow”, was held at the Artscape Theatre in October 2023, after she made a public plea for financial support.

ARCHIVE: Fatima Sydow with Bush Radio's Breakfast Rush host, Yuzriq Meyer

The culmination of her culinary journey resulted in the self-publication of her inaugural book in 2015, "The Journey of Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow."  Her ascent continued with the television show "Kaap, Kerrie, and Koesisters" on ViaTV, co-hosted with her twin sister, Gadija Sydow. Originally intended for one season, the show's popularity led to an unprecedented six-season run, concluding in 2021. This success paved the way for her second book, "Cape, Curry, and Koesister," published by NB Publishers in 2019, a compendium of beloved  Cape Malay recipes contributed by both Fatima and Gadija.

In 2021, Fatima unveiled "Fatima Sydow Cooks," her third book infusing a modern twist into cherished Cape Malay recipes. Amid the challenges of the Covid era, she ventured into the realm of YouTube, sharing her kitchen, expertise and infectious giggle. Her channel quickly garnered widespread acclaim, becoming a beacon of joy for viewers around the world.

In her final literary contribution, "Fatima Sydow Cape Malay Cooking – My Story, My Heritage," was published earlier this year.

‘’As we bid farewell to a culinary visionary, let us remember Fatima for her enduring impact on the culinary world and the lives she touched with her warmth and expertise. May her legacy live on in the kitchens and hearts of those who continue to be inspired by her culinary artistry. In her memory, we encourage everyone to celebrate her life by sharing a meal with loved ones and cherishing the moments spent together,’’ read the statement.

ARCHIVE: Fatima Sydow on Bush Radio

Fatima Sydow will be laid to rest on Wednesday morning, as per Muslim tradition.



Done By: Mitchum George


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