Growing up in Cape Town with its fusion of cultures and wonderful cuisine instilled a love of food and the ocean in me.
A keen interest in baking, cooking and hand crafts combined with student jobs in retail, factory canteens and coffee shops led to an HR & Training career in the retail industry. Taking time off to travel took me to managing the catering function at a Holiday and Conference Centre and a quaint Tea Cottage in the English West Country. After many years back in Training and Education in South Africa and Ireland, a period of reflection brought me to the point where two career themes merged into one – selling food and home baked goods while visiting coastal towns and villages.
‘West’ features prominently in my personal journey: living and working in the Western Cape, English West Country and West of Ireland. Moving to Galway, a city of food and festivals situated on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, is like coming home. Some adjustments are easier… Oosthuizen becomes Westhaven; others are more difficult… stew without Mrs Balls; braais without boerewors, stywe pap and Kniknaks? Impossible! A plan slowly takes shape… West Coast Kitchen emerges!
West Coast Kitchen aims to provide South Africans living along the Wild Atlantic Way with original tastes and goods from ‘home’ to relive old memories and create new ones with new friends and neighbours.
How we operate
We strive to operate our business in an environmentally friendly manner.
We endeavour to support Fair Trade companies where possible.
We seek to support small business and job creation /empowerment projects.
We will give back to communities where we can.
Our business beliefs
♥ Products made with love and care taste better.
♥ Home baked goods don’t need preservatives and additives.
♥ Small enterprise and job creation initiatives make a BIG difference.
♥ Look after the environment and it will look after you: recycle, reuse.
♥ Treat others as you would like to be treated.
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