TAMARA KIRKWOOD | FOOD & BEVERAGE
I specialise in making delicious and delightful food in wild places for Fox Browne Creative, through creative food concepts, menu design, styling and chef training.
Growing up in Zululand, South Africa, for as long as I can remember I have obsessed over food and cooking. I am passionate about delicious, simple food that is inspired by global flavours that speak a local language. I invest a lot of energy into understanding produce, food farming and kitchen gardening. I love exploring the markets in rural African towns and connecting with communities about cultural food and their delicious histories. Bringing African flavours and a sense of “African identity” to the plate is what I am passionate about.
While doing my MSc in International Security and then working in Conflict Resolution & Development, I realised that cooking was always something I wanted to do professionally. Along the way, I’ve taken various professional and domestic courses around the world – from Uruguay to Italy on various specialities from curry to cured meats. My food education continues with each day and each new adventure.
Over the last six years, I have collaborated with Fox Browne Creative and other independent operators, to develop food concepts for mobile safari camps, small private bush camps, bigger lodges and independent boutique hotels in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana.
In addition to working with Fox Browne Creative, I have my own business called Collaborate Food. Both fulfil my dream of sharing delicious and delightful food in wild places.