After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, Christian joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. Christian completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Platter’s South African Wine Guide in addition to various other local and international competitions.
Rebecca Constable, Product Developer for Wine, Woolworths
Rebecca Constable joined Woolworths in 2009 and has worked with the wine team for the last three years. She is currently Product Developer for Wine and also manages Fresh Juice and Beverages (her responsibilities including product range, packaging and marketing). Prior to arriving in South Africa, she worked in food retail at Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s in the UK. When not enjoying wine, she can be found cycling along Chapmans Peak, a favourite Cape Town spot.
Sean Harrison has some 25 years of experience in graphic design and branding. He started Whitespace Creative Direction in 2013 having originally started Code – A Company of Designers in 1995. He is a winner of various national and international awards and has judged at both the Loerie Awards and Cannes Lions Awards.
Carla Kreuser, Creative Director: Design, Jupiter Drawing Room
Carla Kreuser is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Cape Town. She is a Creative Director at The Jupiter Drawing Room (Cape Town), where she has garnered an assortment of local and international awards, including a coveted Grand Prix Loerie in 2007 for the Design Indaba 10 campaign. In 2008, her work featured in ‘X-ings: shaping culture through design’, a showcase of the achievements of 50 University of Pretoria alumni. In 2015 she was selected to present her Master’s in Illustration graduate project, ‘The boy with a fire in his boot’, at the Design Indaba Festival’s Pecha Kucha session. She recently exhibited her first solo show, Pink Moon, which featured a collection of monotypes, watercolours and drawings.
Margot Janse, Executive Chef, Relais and Châteaux Le Quartier Français Hotel
Executive Chef at the award winning Le Quartier Français Hotel in Franschhoek. Born and educated in The Netherlands, Janse’s tertiary studies included drama and photography – which laid the foundation for her early work with a photographic school in Johannesburg, South Africa. However at the age of 23, she had an urge to explore cooking and she approached Ciro Molinaro, a highly respected Johannesburg restaurateur, who agreed to teach her in his own kitchen.
In 1995 Margot joined the culinary team at Le Quartier Français, taking over as Executive Chef shortly after her arrival. 21 years later, she continues to reap many accolades, most recently Le Quartier Français placing fourth in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2016.
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