Tamatiestraat Story
For years we dreamt about a way of living our passion for food and people.

Making delicious food and meeting interesting people are what make husband-and-wife team Reinée and Deon Brand tick. That, and laughing as much as possible along the way. So, to say that they’ve been living their dream running their own cooking school and catering business from their home for the past almost eight years, is very much spot on. In 2011, Reinée took the plunge and left behind 14 years of owning and running a computer curriculum development and training business to pursue her passion for food full time. She started off small, hosting an intimate cooking class for six in the cosy kitchen of her and Deon’s home in Stellenbosch, where she’d share cooking techniques, recipes and whatever hilarious anecdotes happened to be front of mind while everyone huddled around the kitchen island, wine glass in hand. Soon, word got out about the fun, quirky food-and-wine gatherings and more and more classes were getting booked.

In 2013, Deon joined the business full time (although he’d been doing a stellar job as Reinée’s freelance kitchen assistant and wine-glass filler before then), bringing with him years of experience in the hotel-, restaurant- and product-development industries. As a qualified chef and hotel-school graduate, he went about setting up the catering side of the business, which provides its services to everything from private house parties and weddings to sports events and corporate functions.

Fast forward to the present, and Reinée and Deon’s kitchen has been renovated to accommodate 14 foodies “around the counter” at a time – the classes are that popular. In fact, there’s now an average of 180 people coming for cooking classes each month! The heart of the operation is still very much unchanged though. For Reinée and Deon, it’s all about sharing their love of cooking and inspiring you to think out of the culinary box, all the while making you feel right at home.

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