My story

Photograph from my book Cape Mediterranean, photography by Tasha Seccombe.

Born, raised and residing in Stellenbosch, I’ve always been surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, abundant art galleries, a boundary-pushing entrepreneurial spirit and a respectful dose of academia. From early on I had a natural affinity for language, mathematics and communication. After high school, I completed my Bachelors Degree in Consumer Science (S.U.). Gaining extensive experience in corporate sales, event/festival/artist management and public relations, I was able to mould my unique skill set into my current dream food media career (since 2011). I’ve carved out everything I know of the digital food world by spending countless hours on my laptop, in my kitchen and on shoot locations. With a growing public profile, I am an advocate of the flexible spirit of creative niche entrepreneurs. It is only with passion and dedication that one can achieve anything and I certainly have a bounty of both.

People have always commented on my height. I am 1,90 m tall – a striking trait that isn’t the norm anywhere in the world, but one that I’ve grown tremendously fond of. Today I stand tall in my uniqueness and I celebrate my niche skills.

My husband, daughter and I live on a working berry & wine farm and our surroundings never cease to inspire us. I am an award-winning blogger, SAFTA nominated content producer/tv presenter and international award winning cookbook author. May this journey only become more colourful.

Photograph from my book Cape Mediterranean, photography by Tasha Seccombe.
Photograph from my book Cape Mediterranean, photography by Tasha Seccombe. In the background: My sister Erna Compion, and my husband Schalk van der Merwe.