I am a qualified chef and food and beverage manager. I went to school in Johannesburg South Africa and studied professional cookery and kitchen management at the International Hotel school of Durban.
I have been cooking at home since a young age and started professionally at the age of 18 not yet qualified yet at this time though so use to get all the bad jobs like slicing and chopping bags of onions and doing general kitchen cleaning just to mention a few. How ever this did not put me of my goal and passion as I saw this all as a growing experience.
Previous jobs included waitressing, bar tending, cook, café manager , sous chef and kitchen manager.
I was employed at Deception Valley Lodge as a chef and food and beverage manager just over a year ago. My style of cooking is traditional cuisine combined with some modern fusion cuisine, and all the food and recipes done at Deception Valley Lodge are my own creations.
We make our own yoghurt, pasta, bread, buns, pastries, jams, pates, pickles, relishes , biltong and many more . Hopefully by end of this year I will have a small ice cream machine to make my own ice cream at the lodge as well. I do work long hours but enjoy this life style very much. I even have my own little herb and veggie garden which I tend to at night after hard days of work.
Emily was my trainee and while I am busy with admin she is the one getting things done in the kitchen. She knows most of my recipes by heart and when ever possible I try to encourage her as well as the rest of the ladies working at the lodge to not be scared of trying something new or showing your creative side.
I came to Botswana out of desperation for a job and I came here without any knowledge about the country and with people I never even knew. I was fortunate enough that everything worked out for me in the end as I love nature as much as I love cooking and dealing with people and staff.
My reason for loving Botswana is very simple. It is not because I get fresh items daily as you would imagine any chef’s worst nightmare would be but because the people hear have a passion to gain knowledge, to learn and to improve. As well as to take care of their country and fellow men by being helpful and also through teaching outsiders or tourist a little about their country and diverse culture.