Farm girl by birth, city girl by marriage…the only constants in my life have always been good, wholesome food, wine and company! My love affair with food started at a very tender age. I grew up enveloped by kitchen aromas, and at five years of age began to show an interest in cooking. So, my grandfather fielded a wooden box for me to reach the stove and take up my position beside my Lebanese granny.
My late mother was a very powerful force in shaping my current ‘chefdom’! One of the things she did was to encourage me to be creative in the kitchen. My Afrikaans ouma was also a brilliant cook, and her passion for the traditional food of our beautiful country inspires me to this day.
I studied food and wine for six years before embarking on a detour that finally led me back to the kitchen. These years of formal training really only put words to a melody that had been playing in my heart throughout my life!
I am happily married to Paddy, a dentist with whom I share a passion for good food and wine.