So, I’m Lisa, I’m 23 years old and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Life got exciting for me when I decided to drop out of law school and pursue a culinary career. Since I was a child, I had always been a fan of all things food, but didn’t really allow myself to consider it as a career. Life happens, after a few big ‘complications’ I decided that ultimately it’s more important to be doing something that makes you happy (sounds cliche, I know). I studied culinary arts in Johannesburg and went to work at Cube Tasting Kitchen, an experimental cuisine/molecular gastronomy restaurant. That’s where I met Darren. I love my job, being a chef is hard work but not without its merit and being able to eat and create exceptional food is what excites me the most. We’re going to be traveling for the next 6 months- 35 cities to be exact- and would love you to follow our journey. It’s going to be all things food related, from traditional to exceptionally creative and of course, beers, coffees, wines, gins, whiskies…. etc.
So for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Darren. I’m a 27 year old food junkie! My life is structured around great food, exceptional drinks and better company (lucky for me Lisa is my company on this trip!) Lets touch base on how I got here: I started my culinary journey back in 2008, in London, working in a small kitchen in a Boutique Hotel. Upon returning to South Africa, I decided to pursue this as a career and landed up getting my culinary diploma. I spent some time in the USA working in a large hotel chain, furthering my knowledge and interest on other cuisines. I eventually settled at one of Johannesburg’s best restaurants and it didn’t take long until I found myself leading the kitchen. Five and a half years on, and I feel its time to move along and go over the big ocean to gain some new and modern inspiration and knowledge to bring back home. Many people have questioned the drastic change of lifestyle, and many have been very supportive of our decision. I keep reassuring myself with the question, “when is the right time to take the leap?” So I’m hoping to share the adventures with everyone, maybe those of you who have done this before can relate, to encourage those who are too scared to take the leap to do so and those who can’t be with us to live vicariously through us. Either way, I hope our blog keeps you all entertained and wanting more.