Originally a small town girl from Plettenberg Bay, Hannah Lewry is now the Consulting Food Editor at Woolworths TASTE Magazine. She's also a food stylist and writer, never dreaming there was ever a job as wonderful and rewarding as this out there.
Fresh from her gap year in London she worked with Annemarie Meintjes as a runner for VISI Magazine in Johannesburg for three months before moving to the Mother City to become a part of the Woolworths TASTE team.
She started off as assistant to award-winning and revered TASTE Food Editor Abigail Donnelly. Over the last four and half years Hannah has been privileged to grow under her expert guidance.
"Who would have thought that being raised by chefs and working summer school holidays in a hot kitchen for my family's catering business would help me to discover my absolute passion for all things food.
I love that I learn new things about food every day and working with Woolworths' superb produce to create recipes not only makes it infinitely easier, but is has to be the absolute cherry on the cake."
Alida Ryder lives in Pretoria with her husband Chris and their twins, Aidan & Abigail. She started her blog, Simply Delicious, as a way to share her simple yet delicious recipes with friends and family and it soon gained a large following.
After winning awards in two categories in the South African Blog Awards 2010, she has made a move into the food world and is now a freelance stylist, photographer and writer. She has a cookbook being released in September 2012 (published by Penguin Books SA).
Fritz Brand is a 30 years old native of Durbanville, Cape Town. Fritz has always enjoyed food but it wasn't until he left the roost and was forced to fend for himself that he found he really enjoyed cooking and experimenting with food.
Fritz enjoys researching complex dishes and techniques and then sharing his findings in a simplified, laid back manner.
Ishay Govender-Ypma is a curious food writer and recipe developer involved in several social causes. With a background in law, and a nose for the delectable, she plots her adventures from the shade of Table Mountain.
Ishay has dedicated her love of words, art, food and food related travel to a special spot on the webs. You can find her, spoon in hand at www.foodandthefabulous.com. Recent winner of best Food & Wine Blog 2011 at SA Blog awards.
Jane-Anne Hobbs, a freelance writer, editor and self-trained cook, has been fervently interested in food for most of her life. When she started her independent food blog Scrumptious five years ago, she had no idea it would turn into a consuming passion and lead her down a new career path as a food writer, recipe developer and social-media consultant.
Scrumptious, which pioneered recipe blogging in South Africa, now attracts a wide local and international audience and features a large collection of Jane-Anne's original, triple-tested recipes. 'My passion is creating foolproof recipes for honest, home-cooked dishes that warm your heart and make your tastebuds sing,' says Jane-Anne. 'Nothing tastes as delicious as food cooked with love, sincerity and patience.'
After 17 years in Johannesburg, Jane-Anne recently moved back to Cape Town and now lives in Hout Bay with her husband and three children.