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. Set in the beautiful foodie destination of Prince Albert, their passion-project attracts local and international guests to experience their signature brand of hospitality.
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. After a decade of commitment, Virna has moved to join her husband whose work has relocated him to Hermanus. She remains part of the team in a remote administrative and marketing role.
Chef Alexa – Her penchant for cooking started in her early teen years when she worked in the kitchen of her parents’ restaurant in her hometown, Windhoek. An alumnus of Warwick’s Chef School, Alexa furthered her chefs training in Switzerland specializing in cheese making. Besides being a private chef, Alexa has spent time as Head Chef at renowned bush lodges in South Africa and Namibia. Here she honed her skills in charcuterie and game and indigenous cooking. Alexa enjoys contemporary menu planning around available ingredients and developing new flavor-led recipes from traditional dishes.
Michelle Lottering joined African Relish in January as general manager. She shoulders the daily operational tasks of all aspects of the business. With a family background in the hospitality industry and an impressive CV including time with the Carluccio’s group of restaurants in London, Michelle brings strong managerial and systems knowledge to the team.
Rowina Petersen has been on the cooking school kitchen team since 2014. This Prince Albert local’s love of cooking, and her very rare skill with pastry quickly elevated her to the rank of assistant chef. The kitchen is her domain, from ordering to stock control and recipe prep for classes, Rowina is a right hand to the chefs.
Our Café Team is anchored in the kitchen by Shane Jacobs with the help of Charlotte vd Westhuizen who runs the pizza oven and Bronwyn Delport in the cold kitchen. Mietjie Leonard and Bianca Hinkman are out front serving guests, while Sarah Lottering runs the scullery. Systems and finances are the territory of Henzil Ceylon.The team is, from L to R: Charlotte, Mietjie, Shane, Henzil, Bronwyn, Sarah, Bianca.