Sheila Messiter-Tooze

Foodservice & experience consultant, passionate about creating new healthy food and eating experiences in the African bush. Sheila has all the certificates and experience of a fully qualified Silwood Chef. However few Cordon Bleu Chefs can do what Sheila can do. Some chefs love the excitement of a kitchen pass or the precision of a perfectly julienned carrot. Some chefs will spend an hour balancing a pea on a deep fried noodle! Sheila won’t.

Sheila Messiter-Tooze

Foodservice & experience consultant, passionate about creating new healthy food and eating experiences in the African bush. Sheila has all the certificates and experience of a fully qualified Silwood Chef. However few Cordon Bleu Chefs can do what Sheila can do. Some chefs love the excitement of a kitchen pass or the precision of a perfectly julienned carrot. Some chefs will spend an hour balancing a pea on a deep fried noodle! Sheila won’t.

For Sheila food is an experience.

An experience to be enjoyed and shared. If you are looking for someone to train your team to create a Bush Dinner in a clearing, a bush breakfast for two accessed by a Canoe, your breakfast, your lunch menu or even just revamp your game drive snacks. Then speak to Sheila.

For Sheila food is an experience.

An experience to be enjoyed and shared. If you are looking for someone to train your team to create a Bush Dinner in a clearing, a bush breakfast for two accessed by a Canoe, your breakfast, your lunch menu or even just revamp your game drive snacks. Then speak to Sheila.

Experienced at working with local staff, Sheila has a ‘can do’ attitude that is as contagious as it is effective.

With her grounding as Head Chef at Londolozi for 4 years and running her own catering company in Cape Town for 20 years, Sheila has overhauled menus and food at many lodges including Londolozi, Chitwa Chitwa, Royal Chundu and most recently Kings Camp and Ulusaba.

Experienced at working with local staff, Sheila has a ‘can do’ attitude that is as contagious as it is effective.

With her grounding as Head Chef at Londolozi for 4 years and running her own catering company in Cape Town for 20 years, Sheila has overhauled menus and food at many lodges including Londolozi, Chitwa Chitwa, Royal Chundu and most recently Kings Camp and Ulusaba.

Important milestones and achievements

1992

Silwood Kitchen

Sheila enrols at Silwood Kitchen for 3 year Cordon Bleu cooking course.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

3rd year internship starts at Londolozi Private Game Reserve and marks the beginning of Sheila’s love affair with the bush.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Sheila graduates from Silwood with flying colours and returns to Londolozi as a junior chef.
1998

Head Chef

Sheila appointed Head Chef at Londolozi Private Game Reserve.

Donna Hay

Sheila travels to Australia and does a food styling course with Donna Hay.
1999

Flower Walker

Sheila returns to Cape Town and gets a job with Flower Walker.

Silwood Kitchen

Sheila starts lecturing at Silwood Kitchen.
2001

Cape Grace

Sheila works as head chef at the five star Cape Grace Hotel.

Pomegranate Food

Sheila decides to launch her own catering company called Pomegranate Food.
2010

Consulting

Sheila starts consulting for Manna Bay and Rhino Africa.
2015

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Sheila returns to Londolozi Private Game Reserve as a consultant.

Consulting

Sheila starts consulting for Londolozi, Chitwa Chitwa and Royal Chundu.
2018

Consulting

Sheila consults for Londolozi, Kings Camp and Ulusaba.

Consulting

Sheila consults for More Group at Marataba and Madikwe as well as the opening of Stanley and Livingstone boutique hotel in Victoria Falls.

“From the moment she arrived at Londolozi, she made a difference. Sheila is charismatic, energetic and is fully committed to her passion which is the creation and presentation of fabulous food.”

Shan Varty
Londolozi Private Game Reserve

diver

“It would be extremely difficult to not have an extra heart beat at the sight and flavours Sheila prepares for her guests…”

Maria Brink
Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

diver

“I have worked alongside Sheila at Londolozi and then watched from afar – her food is delicious, generous, robust and on trend. Sheila has great style which is very evident in the way everything is visually so vibrant and beautifully presented.”

Yvonne Short

diver

“Sheila is The Queen of Luxury Safari Experiences! There is no one that quite ‘gets it’ like she does! She has a talent for creating unique experiences for guests and understands how to consistently bring out the best in staff who are tasked with daily making this happen for guests from all over the world. Her work is her passion! When she is not training staff and creating magical experiences, she is looking at trends and finding new and innovative recipes and presentation that always exceed the expectations of guests. “

Debbie Hall
The Hall Collection

diver

“If ever there was a food magician, it’s Sheila – she can turn any meal into a feast of abundance…”

Karin Webber
General Manager Tsala Treetop Lodge

diver

“Sheila is passionate and devoted to food and food trends, she is an absolute ‘guru’ when it comes to creativity and food styling…”

Penny Main
African Selectives

diver

“On all travels around Africa, I can walk into a lodge and instantly know whether Sheila has worked her magic on the food. Her sense of style and place are perfect and her food is delicious!”

Katherine Terry
Knighton Reeve – Luxury Travel

diver

“Sheila has single-handedly reinvented the art of eating well in Africa. Her ability to elevate the taste & presentation of traditional South African fireside food has led to the rise in Stars of every lodge she has ever consulted to…”

Louise Alexandra
LA Lifestyle Consulting

CLIENTS

Among others, Sheila works with the following clients.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Kings Camp Private Game Reserve
Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve
More Group
Chitwa Chitwa Private Safari Lodge
Royal Chundu Luxury Safari Lodge
Debbie Hall, The Hall Collection
Jacqui Hunter, Imagenius Interiors
Dylan Lewis
Rhino Africa
Sygnia Asset Management
Coronation Asset Management
Waterford Estate

CLIENTS

Among others, Sheila has worked with the following clients.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Dylan Lewis
Rhino Africa
The More Group
Kings Camp Private Game Reserve
Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve
The Hall Collection
Jacqui Hunter, Imagenius Interiors

diver

“From the moment she arrived at Londolozi, she made a difference. Sheila is charismatic, energetic and is fully committed to her passion which is the creation and presentation of fabulous food.”

Shan Varty
Londolozi Private Game Reserve

diver

“It would be extremely difficult to not have an extra heart beat at the sight and flavours Sheila prepares for her guests…”

Maria Brink
Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

diver

“I have worked alongside Sheila at Londolozi and then watched from afar – her food is delicious, generous, robust and on trend. Sheila has great style which is very evident in the way everything is visually so vibrant and beautifully presented.”

Yvonne Short

diver

“Sheila is The Queen of Luxury Safari Experiences! There is no one that quite ‘gets it’ like she does! She has a talent for creating unique experiences for guests and understands how to consistently bring out the best in staff who are tasked with daily making this happen for guests from all over the world. Her work is her passion! When she is not training staff and creating magical experiences, she is looking at trends and finding new and innovative recipes and presentation that always exceed the expectations of guests. “

Debbie Hall
The Hall Collection

diver

“If ever there was a food magician, it’s Sheila – she can turn any meal into a feast of abundance…”

Karin Webber
General Manager Tsala Treetop Lodge

diver

“Sheila is passionate and devoted to food and food trends, she is an absolute ‘guru’ when it comes to creativity and food styling…”

Penny Main
African Selectives

diver

“On all travels around Africa, I can walk into a lodge and instantly know whether Sheila has worked her magic on the food. Her sense of style and place are perfect and her food is delicious!”

Katherine Terry
Knighton Reeve – Luxury Travel

diver

“Sheila has single-handedly reinvented the art of eating well in Africa. Her ability to elevate the taste & presentation of traditional South African fireside food has led to the rise in Stars of every lodge she has ever consulted to…”

Louise Alexandra
LA Lifestyle Consulting

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