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 Camilla – Eat Out Award-winning chef and sought-after food product developer Camila Comins joined the AR team in August 2017. Camilla is the custodian of our food journey and delights in sharing her vast culinary knowledge with our guests.
Chef Hendry – With very real roots in the region, local chef Hendry Olivier learned his craft from Prince Albert culinary legend, Bokkie Botha. A former competitor on the TV show Kokkedoor, and chef at The Olive Branch, Hendry loves to share both his knowledge of local food and his passion for baking.
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.
Donovan Ontong is our housekeeping manager, overseeing the comfort and welcome of guests and well as the maintenance of all our facilities. He is flanked by Alicia Botes on the right who is in charge of servicing our accommodation with the assistance of Shamiela Willemse pictured at left.
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.
The team is, from L to R: Charlotte, Mietjie, Shane, Henzil, Bronwyn, Sarah, Bianca.