Philip & Lisa
African Relish is the love-child of Cape Town entrepreneurs Philip and Lisa Key. Their love of food and travel found its expression in a Karoo cooking school that explores the culinary and cultural heritage of South Africa.
Virna van der Walt has been with African Relish since the earliest days. The culinary hall had not yet been built when she began working on administering and marketing the school.
Heswalene Bezuidenhout and Lara Evans run day to day operations including reservations and coordinating cooking classes and events.
Our local chefs, some of whom started at African Relish as trainees run the majority of the cooking classes making them true, local experiences. Hendry Olivier was trained by culinary crusader Bokkie Botha and was a popular Kokkdedoor contestant. Shane Jacobs have been with us for over five years and are joined by Kentin Draaier who completed his chef’s training in 2019. Michelle Claassen assists in the restaurant and deli.
Shamiela Petersen and Sarah Lottering double-up as housekeepers, floral arrangers, confectioners and chefs assistants.