When it comes to the culinary arts, I feel compelled and inspired to create something new and exciting. My Name is Julius and I joined the Wesana team recently. To tell you a bit more about myself, I have to go a few years back.
I grew up in a small town called Gansbaai, about two hours southeast of Cape Town South Africa. A simple life that taught me that you don’t need much to be happy, loving parents and amazing siblings. I started realizing that a career in the hospitality industry is what my heart desires and I soon started working in industrial kitchens during weekends and summer holidays. My love for food grew stronger as I were introduced to new flavours and ingredients – a world of possibility opened up and I knew that I were on the right path.
After my senior year in High School, I managed to find a job as an assistant cook in a small town not far from my own and I were immersed into the harsh environment that only the hospitality industry has to offer. I worked for a year and finally decided to expand my education and enrolled myself at The International Hotel School in Cape Town where I showed immense talent and promise. My studies continued for three years where I were fortunate enough to work with some of the best chefs in the world. I graduated with magna cum laude and the most outstanding practical student, I felt proud of what I have accomplished and also felt excited of the road ahead. I came to Canada in 2009 as an executive Sous Chef working in Jasper Alberta and travelling a lot between Vancouver and Calgary. I have recently found myself in The Pas, Manitoba and a lot of people ask me why The Pas? My answer is always the same, “I love a challenge! And I also love travelling, this way I get to see more of Canada.”
Another question I get asked a lot is “what are you all about?” The answer is simple, I enjoy cooking! I believe that you should never complicate a dish so that you lose track of the basics, aah, the basics – I have based my whole career on going back to the basics and stripping it down to it’s naked raw state. I only use fresh ingredients and I believe that it’s very important to use local produce that is easily accessible in your community. I enjoy trying new ideas and experimenting with new ingredients.
I have been in The Pas for about 7 months now and I have been enjoying every moment of it! The people are extremely friendly and welcoming, the outdoors are outstanding and off course the memories will always remain.
I really do look forward to making this wonderful town my home for many more years to come and to keep on meeting even more amazing people along the way.