Lyle Mack Burmester
Culinary Lecturer, Durban
Cooking was my passion from a very young age. I trained at Christina Martin School of Food and Wine in 2001. Then I went on to work in number of different places starting at Quarters Hotel in Gauteng. Then moved on and did a little bit of travelling. I came back and went to work at the Riverside Hotel (Kwa-Zulu Natal), after which I began work at a restaurant call Saint Verde. I was then contacted by Christina Martin and lectured there for 3 years. I then worked for myself for a while and started a catering company from home. I then changed and got a job at a coffee shop in Balito (Kwa-Zulu Natal) called the Waterberry where I ran the kitchen. Christina Martin contacted me again asking if I would come back, so I then returned and started to working for International Hotel School for the next two years. I then left there and went to work for a company called Madeleine’s for the next two year. Left there at the end of last year and now I’m here.
Culinary Lecturer, Riebeek Valley
Anne’s family were very involved in the hotel industry in the Southern Cape/ Garden Route area. They were in the business of building hotels such as the Wilderness Hotel, the Beacon Island Hotel and also owned the Leisure Isle Hotel in Knysna. This was Anne’s introduction to the industry. While working as an air hostess in Johannesburg she trained as a chef in her spare time through the Cordon Bleu Chef’s School. She returned to Knysna to run the family hotel which was eventually sold. She moved to Riebeek Valley in 2004 and opened The Cook and Gardener restaurant and pub in Riebeek West with her husband. After the death of her husband Anne let her restaurant premises and opened the Ikusasa School in the Riebeek Valley.
Jo is based at the Riebeek Valley School and works half day 5 days a week.
Jo studied Financial Accounting by correspondence after leaving School and then worked in the profession for a number of years. She is a mother of two daughters and previously ran a gymnastics club with her husband. A qualified gym coach and national judge she has also been tour manager on a number of international gymnastics tours.
She moved to the Valley in 2008 and joined Ikusasa in March 2013.