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Chef Jen Pretorius

The Farmers Daughter

Meet Jen Pretorius, the energetic and bubbly young chef whose turning it up a notch in the KZN Midlands.

After completing Chef School at Chante Cler in Hillcrest she went on to spend 18 mths at the beautiful La Vierge wine farm in the Cape moving on to Woodridge in the Midlands as a sous chef and then spent a long time being the caterer of choice for weddings in the Midlands. Jen’s expertise extends from planning the entire menu right up to creating the artisanal wedding cake of any brides dream. Such was the success of her venture into catering she decided to create a home base where brides to be and everyone else in between could come along and experience her mastery first hand, and so The Farmers Daughter was born.

In addition to her love for cooking is Jen’s sense of social responsibility. She launched an NPO for Hospitality Skills Development and she ensures that 5% of her GP goes directly to the program. All of the staff at The Farmers Daughter come straight out of the program and Jen’s relationship with each of them extends far beyond that of teacher. Their love for the industry unites the team but it’s Jens guidance and obvious love for all of them that it a joy for both the guest and the kitchen, resulting in an experience of being a part of the family as soon as you walk through the door.

Jen’s business partner, Ayanda, assists with identifying new talent and keeps the ship sailing if Jen is away on business or indulging in her other love, gardening.

Jen is a non-comformist and beleives that people want to eat food that make you ‘feel good’, in this she has succeeded. To get a sense of her quirky personality, all you need do is take a look at the black chalkboard on the front counter and you immediately understand what Chef is creating here.

Jen’s motto ” People will forget what you said, people will forget you did, they may even forget what they ate, but they will always remember how you made them feel” and she ensures that every visitor to her restaurant leaves there feeling great!

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