Our interview with Maybe Corpaci in celebration of the Ravioli Arrabbiata with feta, spinach, chilli, Pomodoro and Grana Padano on the Societi Bistro Winter Menu named after Maybe;
What was your dream job when you were growing up?
I grew up watching fashion TV and cooking channels - I always dreamt about working in the fashion industry or becoming a pastry chef.Maybe Corpaci
One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?
Working for Elle Magazine for the past 3 years and a half has had many highlights and inspiring moments. Just to cite a few, I had the opportunity to assist and meet Solange Knowles when in 2013 we shot her for the cover, I travelled to Paris for an extraordinary beauty launch and worked with some of South Africa's most talented creatives. There's so much talent in this country I can not but to be inspired by it.
What is your profession?
I recently bid farewell to the world of magazines (I was working at Elle Magazine as beauty editor) to concentrate on my own aerial film (drones) business, Sky-Lab Productions which I share with three other partners since 2012. In addition to that I'm freelancing and collaborating with South African creatives on different projects such as Salon 58, Littlegig and Matter of Fakt.
What does a typical day in your working life look like?
Right now there is no such thing as a typical day! My days are always different as the type of work and the places I'm working from differ all the time. I might be in Stellenbosch helping Jackie Burger with her Salon 58 one day and in bed responding to emails until lunch time the next.
What is your favourite leisure activity?
Hem... eat? (Smiles).
What is your favourite food to indulge in?
Societi Bistro's Cheesecake? It's my ultimate favourite and I can never resist it.
Any memories you would like to share about Societi Bistro?
There are just too many memories that are worth sharing! From post work drinks and late nights in The Snug dancing and singing with the fashpack, to long boozy lunches that carry on until dinner time on warm summer days, to fun and crazy New Year's Eve parties, Societi Bistro is a place I can always go back to and feel completely at home! The staff is unbelievable!
How do you feel about appearing on the Societi Bistro menu and your pasta in particular?
I am so flattered to have been chosen for the second year consecutively to appear on the Societi Bistro Winter Menu! As an Italian I love my pasta and the Arrabbiata one with chilly is just like me, it has got a kick, a spice to it!
What is your favourite question to ask a prospective employee?
Tell me a joke. If they're able to pull that off and make me laugh, they've got a potential. :)
Who is your favourite South African designer?
There are so many local designers that I absolutely love! Kat van Duinen's designes and Adrian Kuiters clean lines resonate with my style and I adore Selfi's playfulness.
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