J’Something (real name Joao da Fonseca) was already a success story, as the vocalist of Mi Casa, when his passion for cooking invited “this wonderful chaos” into his life. 

Reflecting on his journey, J’Something said: “Years ago all I wanted to do was cook at home. Cooking was a relaxing thing. It started as a hobby because music, for me, was a bit hectic. I posted a picture on Instagram and that’s when everything changed: Something’s Cooking (on Mzansi Magic) and What’s for Dinner (on SABC3) popped up.”

That’s aside from him being asked to host demos, headline at the Good Food & Wine Festival, and more. He took things a step further when he opened Something’s Cooking by J at Time Square in Pretoria.

A little emotional about the strides he’s made so far, he said, “being a restaurateur and having my own restaurant, what a dream, what a crazy journey! The rush is phenomenal”.

South Africans can now groove in the kitchen with J’Something’s brand new cookbook, Something’s Cooking. It offers insight into what he’s learnt in what has been an incredible 5-year journey in food. 

The book is filled with yummy things that one can do in the comfort of the home. He’s also included a curated playlist for each chapter, by his favourite DJs, so that when South Africans “are holding it down in the kitchen you can shake your booty too”.

J’Something also constantly gives thanks to every person who encouraged him to follow through on this culinary journey.