Meet Our Chef Judy

"I’m a South African turned Ulster girl who loves to cook, explore new ingredients, while enjoying nothing better than a great meal with a glass of good vino. Wife to the best guy ever, a local, Patrick we live in South Down within arm’s reach of some of the best local farms and producers. 


Having returned from 5 years in Southern Italy, my menus are inspired by the seasons, locality, tastes and global impact. I consider myself a Foodie, Culinarian, Chef and Wine Lover with over two decades of experience in Southern Africa and London.


Through my career I have always stuck to my roots of honest delicious food. I love seeing people happy, satisfied and relaxed after a great meal."

Judy can prepare a range of wonderful options from canapés and drinks to a full four-course wedding dinner.


Conde Naste Traveller - Top 60 Hotels in the World, Top 100 Restaurants in South Africa, Eat Out as Recommended Fine Dining, hosting a Royal visit featured in Hello Magazine and Top Billing Magazine.

Brides SA for intimate African Safari weddings.

Head Chef for Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Rock and Safari Lodges and featured in (UK) Harpers and Queens, Tatler, The Daily Mail, The Financial Times, G.Q. (USA) Conde Naste and National Geographic.

Carlton Food Network’s Travel Channel, Food & Wine USA, Bon Viant Magazine and worked with Ross Burton, Aldo Zilli and Alan Cox on “Three Chefs in the Cape”.

Cooking for the Getty Family at Getty House on Phinda Game Private Game Reserve.

Runaway Irish Weddings

The Rocks

10 The Craig Lane


BT30 9FE

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