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Delicious Pumulani
Posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Blog Category: 'Lake Malawi'

In this blog we talk to the exciting new addition of chef Wijan Pretorius to Pumulani Lodge at Lake Malawi. He tells us all about himself, his taste for adventure and his awe of his new work location on Lake Malawi. 


"Growing up and beginning my career in Pretoria, South Africa I was fortunate enough to work in some of the most established hotels and conference venues in the area. However, it wasn't long before I started seeking something a little more adventurous and in 2011 I found myself enjoying a 3 month Tanzanian adventure which truly whet my appetite for the bush experience.

Just after my Tanzania contract finished I found an amazing opportunity to work down in Cape Town, a city and area renowned for its excellent chefs and cuisine. There I established myself in a small west coast town of Melkbosstrand working in a 300 seater restaurant. Life has rewarded me greatly since being in the Cape and I have been fortunate enough to meet my amazing fiancée Chantelle and have become an incredible proud father to our son Sebastian.

However it wasn't long before there was a tug for another adventure and an ex colleague of mine got in touch as he had recently returned from Malawi and it wasn't long before the Pumulani dream was born. 

Chef Wijan’s first impression of Pumulani:

Arriving after dark on the 17th of July I had no idea where I had landed up but the following morning as the sun rose and the fish eagles started calling, it wasn't long before I had fallen in love with the place. Meeting the team whilst daunting was very exciting and it didn't take long before we all started working together in the kitchen producing some wonderful dishes.

It is exciting working with such raw talent and being able to teach and inspire the chefs in the camp and hopefully our food will do the magnificent views and beautiful camp justice.

Contact Pumulani

Web: http://www.robinpopesafaris.net/camps/pumulani.php
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net

Tel: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483


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