Our little family grew again towards the end of 2015. I met Ryan through my sister who had known him since her college days. After many years in the hospitality and restaurant industry he was ready for a new adventure. I believe our paths were meant to cross. He had the perfect mix of skills I was looking for: a foodie, a gentleman, passionate, caring, a background in hospitality and service and a mind that was keen to explore and grow.
Here is Ryan’s story:
I guess my journey with food and wine and Cape Town began the moment I finished with my national service and headed down to live in Cape Town 25 years ago.
I grew up in Johannesburg so when I moved to Cape Town it was the start of an amazing adventure. I began to explore this beautiful place from my interest in surfing. There were always these hidden little spots in and around town as well as just outside of town.
I fell in love with this little village that has now grown into an even more exciting place to be.
My interest in food and wine took off during my time in Hermanus where I had a restaurant with my mom.
She has an amazing passion for food and an eye for detail.
I have learnt so much from her over that period, gaining an admiration for the simple yet mind blowing creations one can do with ingredients.
Living near the Hemel en Aarde valley did wonders for my appreciation for good wine.
My time in the Overberg was a time of growth and exploration in nature, food and wine. I toured the vineyards and made great relationships with local wine makers and chefs. Returning to Cape Town after that time could not have been timed any better. I wanted to still be close to food and wine but also to be outdoors.
After meeting Pam and chatting about my interests and experience there was no hesitation to join her amazing company and combine all the necessary experience and ingredients I had gained over the years in the perfect place with the perfect company.
Cape Town is at an incredibly interesting and exciting time at the moment and I am proud, excited and can’t wait to showcase our amazing city to the rest of the world.
To help forge unforgettable memories and tangible moments for all that come here.
It is truly an honor to be in this position, to have the opportunity to show the world what we have to offer.
If you decide to spoil yourself and do a tour – check through my options and let me know what appeals to you. It is always sound advice to have a designated driver for wine farm exploration days! From a foodie perspective, our winelands offer some of the best restaurants in the country – as such it is definitely worth spending a few days exploring that region! Note that all of my tours are private tours – so they take into account your interests and move at your pace.