Country cooking

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa recently welcomed the appointment of their new Executive Chef, Shaun Christian, into the kitchen. The 43-year-old Durbanite has been in the hospitality world since 1998 and has gained much experience internationally. 

“I am highly motivated and energetic with a passion for food and the art of cookery. Communication, creativity, innovation and the ability to perform well under pressure are some of my personal strengths. I am a good team player, both able to lead, as well as learn from others,” he said. 

Christian’s experience internationally saw him working in London as Head Chef for Cinnamon Cay Restaurant, Part-time Chef for Rhubarb Catering, Sous Chef for the The Lavender Restaurant and Bar as well as Chef de Partie for The Sun. He then returned to South Africa and took up a position in the Eastern Cape as Head Chef for Riverbend Country Lodge after which he joined the team at Hout Bay Manor Hotel in Cape Town as Executive Chef where he remained for a year before leaving for Durban’s Bean Bag Bohemia as Outside Catering manager.  

The adventurous Christian then headed off to Kampala in Uganda, taking up a position as Executive Chef of a 5 star property – Wildplaces Africa’s Emin Pasha Hotel from 2006 until 2010. He then moved to Operations Manager at Wildplaces Africa’s Pineapple Bay on the Bulago Island in Mukono District, Uganda until January 2012. Then in May of the same year, Christian went back to work at Emin Pasha Hotel before taking up a position as a Consultant Chef for BB Consulting in Kampala, Uganda. 

Once again, after a number of years, Christian decided to return home to South Africa after securing his position as Executive Chef for granny Mouse Country House & Spa in the KZN Midlands. 

With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa have definitely found a gem to add to their team. Sean Granger, General Manager of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa says, “Shaun is definitely an asset to our team and we are so excited to have him on board. His wealth of experience and immaculate manipulation of food is truly awe-inspiring and we hope that he will enjoy his time with the Granny Mouse family."