Women who create: Candice Robbertze

Candice Robbertze is a wife, a mom of two lovely boys, an advocate for women empowerment and a passionate entrepreneur. She studied hospitality management and decided to become a chef. Candice is currently running five different companies – all in the food, health and wellness, and lifestyle industries.

“Oh, and I love to dance for exercise alone in my kitchen at home with my number one supporter: Frankie my Yorkie!”

What has your journey been like to becoming a chef?

I grew up in a home of wine and cuisine connoisseurs. My mom and dad owned a butchery for many years, so we always had amazing, delicious meals around us. After I matriculated, I went overseas and ended up on a yacht in Monaco where I was employed as a chef (fake it till you make it!)  My mom had to send me recipes in letter format and fax it to me so that I could make quiches and extravagant meals for all these celebrities that came on board the yacht. After I returned to South Africa, I studied at UJ, the Hotel School in Smith Street. One of my biggest challenges has always been to prove my worth in a male-dominant industry.

What do you like most about what you do?

My day is never the same. It is fast-paced, I meet a lot of people and have the privilege to impact so many people’s lives with what I do. 

Take me through your creative process: from coming up with menu and food ideas, to actualising them?

In my case right now it is more about coming up with a specific product.  Just recently I had to bring out a new high-protein, low-carb range for a project we did. It literally took two days from conceptualising to actually having the products ready for a photo shoot. The new lines include healthy donuts, waffles, muffins, and cupcakes, specifically designed for athletes and people who want a sugar snack without the guilt, and while you are snacking you get the ultimate nutrition that your body needs.

Name 3 women you admire and why?

Princess Diana – she was selfless while maintaining dignity and helping others, balancing family life and being in the spotlight.

Maya Angelou – through her written words she continues to motivate people. My favorite quote: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” 

Doreen Morris – the first African woman on mainstream television in South Africa in 1984. I watched her on TV growing up, and I was lucky enough to sit next to her at a women’s day event last year. Such an inspiring and dynamic woman.

Any advice for other women?

It goes back to my Find Your Voice campaign that we launched in 2017. Women have to speak out. There is a place for you, as a woman, at the table of opportunity.

Lead image taken by Nicolette Duvenhage.


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