We are Machiel and Jamandi, and we're the #LekkerBekkers! We're the owners of the four-star Solo Gracia Guest House in Bloemfontein, where we live our passion of entertaining guests - including business travelers, tourists, and families - with our two children.
Life does not always go the way we plan, but when you remain open to opportunities, it goes as it should. As a child, Machiel wanted to become a pastor, but instead became a door-to-door salesman after school. Jamandi wanted to be a famous actress, and went to study drama until she became bored. After a stint as a part time clown and fairy, she met her own Prince Charming, AKA Machiel, married him, and had two beautiful babies.
Cooking together is one of our favourite hobbies. We love to entertain family and friends with deliciously hearty, yet festive foods. This passion led us to opening our guest house, where we have the opportunity to live our dream where we get to play host to many amazing people and whip up scrumptious culinary pleasures.
We're at our happiest in the kitchen, with a bottle of wine, cooking for friends and family. Yes, we do sing while we cook! Our favourite song is Hey Jude by the Beatles, from which we have derived our slogan, Hey Food.
Always up for a challenge, we decided to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary with the most epic adventure yet. Jamandi suggested that we enter the My Kitchen Rules cooking competition on Mnet, which proved a great test of our love, friendship, and partnership. Thankfully, we endured thanks to our teamwork and walked away as the winners of this amazing show.
Winning My Kitchen Rules has opened up many more avenues, which have led to new and exciting adventures, such as our pop-up restaurants, conferencing and events business, food demos and our regular social food club, which is hosted at Solo Gracia Guest House.
Please feel free to browse our website for more information on our various cooking and catering services for events or to inquire about how we can help you make your next event a roaring success.