Granny Mouse has a new Culinary Artist – Kirstie du Toit!

“Curiosity is the one thing that drives me to do better and work harder,” says Kirstie Du Toit, one of the Culinary Artists at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa.

Du Toit, who is 25 years of age, speaks fluently in both Afrikaans and English and has worked on the Granny Mouse team for 3 years.  Having started out as Chef de Partie, Du Toit was responsible for stock take as well as preparing and plating food amongst other duties. Within a year and a half, Du Toit moved up to Junior Sous Chef and Culinary Artist respectively, with the responsibility of managing staff, controlling stock, costing, orders, menu creation and preparation of food.

Du Toit started her career in 2010, when she completed a one year Diploma in Advanced Food and Wine through The Culinary Academy (The Hurst Academy) in Simondium, Cape Town.  Adding to her knowledge, Du Toit also completed a Topaz wine education course amongst others and completed her in-service training through Mon Plaisir@Chamonix in Franschhoek, Cape Town until January 2010.

In February 2010, Du Toit worked as the Sous Chef for Mon Plaisir@Chamonix in Franschhoek, Cape Town, where she remained until July 2013 before taking on her position at Granny Mouse.

For her, the love for cooking came from her family, as her grandmother was a baker which allowed her to get a glimpse of the industry.

Being a Culinary Artist is not the end of it for Du Toit. She is currently furthering her studies in the Hospitality Industry within the field of events.

“I have always been a very hard headed person who sticks to what they believe in and follow my dreams,” she concludes.

Recently married, Du Toit looks forward to a prosperous future with her husband Mouton, who not only shares a love for the industry with her, but encourages her to follow her dreams and to try new things.

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