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Carina Truyts
Biographical info

Carina Truyts is a young food enthusiast. She was born in Cape Town but grew up in Lesotho, Bloemfontein and Pretoria. She featured regularly on kitchen counters during her childhood, and grew up in a family that spoke the language of food at the dinner table.

After schooling, she returned to the city of her birth to study at the Silwood Kitchens Cookery School. After completing the certificate in 2007, she completed her Diploma in 2008, working at diverse establishments ranging from La Colombe and Ellerman House, to Dish Catering, Fedics, and the Woolworths New Product Development department. For her third year of cookery school she worked at Singita Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands, where she fled from hyenas, breakfasted with elephants and had a wonderful but challenging time working in the kitchens to obtain her Cordon Bleu Grande Diplome.

In 2010 she set her eyes on combining a further education with her enthusiasm for food, and enrolled at Rhodes University where she majored in Journalism and Anthropology, also having studied geography, preliminary French, and Afrikaans and Dutch along the way. She has been involved in student gardening society Common Ground, volunteering, and writing and editing for the student newspaper The Oppidan Press’s environment section. She then moved to the University of Cape Town for her anthropology Honours, where she did research around the experiences of food and ingestion for tuberculosis patients.

Throughout her university career she has kept her chef’s knife sharp by working as a private chef during her winter and summer holidays. In 2014 she embarks on her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and continues to take student cooking to heart.

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