Cape City born Govt Chef, Marlene Makinson, has returned dwelling to captain the kitchen at Tsogo Solar’s latest resorts within the Mom Metropolis, SunSquare and StayEasy Cape City Metropolis Bowl.
With over 20 years’ expertise within the business, Marlene has labored her method up from a waitress to kitchen attendant, to Senior Chef de Partie and now Govt Chef. Falling in love with the business when she was a waitress, her ardour grew as she immersed herself in all features of the cooking and getting ready of meals.
Marlene constructed her profession by personal catering for residents at Leopard Creek Property, the place after she joined a privately-owned resort in Magaliesberg as Senior Sous Chef. From there she began her journey with Tsogo Solar, which lasted for 7 years earlier than a possibility in Zanzibar – at one of many high Island resorts as head chef of their unique villas – took Marlene overseas for just below a yr. Having gained a wealth of expertise throughout that point, Marlene then headed dwelling to take up the place of Govt Chef with Tsogo Solar.
Filled with ardour and drive, with an infectious snigger, Marlene is fondly identified to her staff as “Mama”. What drives her is making a distinct that counts and growing staff members to vary their lives for the higher not simply at work however at dwelling too. She believes that “when you love what you do, you’ll by no means work a day in your life” and goes on to say that “not many individuals can say that they completely love what they do as their profession, however I’m really lucky in that I actually do.”
Marlene’s purpose over the subsequent 5 years is to make sure she does every thing doable to permit the dual-brand, 504-bedroom resorts, their restaurant, 14 Tales Rooftop Bar and banqueting providing to turn out to be first selection of their class for all South Africans and vacationers alike when visiting town.
One of many signature shops on the SunSquare Cape City Metropolis Bowl resort is the Vigour & Verve restaurant. A primary in Cape City, Vigour & Verve is situated on the bottom ground of the resort and simply off buzzing Bree Road. Marlene says, “It’s a classy, all-day eating expertise with a beautiful wood-fired pizza oven and South African favourites on the menu like braai broodjies; Cape Malay lamb bobotie with aromatic spices, yellow rice and sambles; fish and chips; a selection of meats from the Shisa Nyama grill choices, and naturally signature pizzas.” With a cool feel-good environment, it’s the proper spot to seize espresso, lunch or get pleasure from an off-the-cuff dinner.
Tsogo Solar has a portfolio of over 100 resorts and 13 on line casino and leisure locations all through South Africa, Africa and the Seychelles.
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