About African Relish
African Relish comprises the Langhuis which is the original 19th century building, the contemporary culinary hall built in 2009, the olive grove and vegetable garden.
Sympathetic to the design elements of vernacular Karoo architecture, the school serves as kitchen, classroom, dining area and lounge. An olive orchard, vegetable and herb garden provide a backdrop for the many functions hosted at African Relish and supported by the school staff. The venue has attracted many compliments for its aesthetically pleasing environment where our guests spend the most part of their culinary adventures.
Meet the team
The Foodie Team
The Luttig sisters Madri and Orscilla are Karoo Country Food & Events . Madri Rossouw, a star baker and creative event designer, joined African Relish in 2021. Madri enhances the venue applying her expertise in floral arrangements and staff management. Orscilla Hitchcock, a highly-regarded chef, leads the culinary program, cooking classes, menu development and catering. Together they oversee all things culinary at the African Relish venue. The supporting team in both restaurant and cooking school consist of locally trained staff.
Di and Mark Steyn run the bookings and greetings of the four cottages. Shamiela Willemse is housekeeper and floral arranger supreme.
Philip, Lisa & Virna
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.