Marlise Whelan

Chef Marlise WhelanProfessional Cookery Lecturer

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.- Henry David Thoreau

Chef Marlise’s  journey for the love of food started at a very young age. She’s come from a long line of food lovers.

She matriculated at Hoërskool Staatspresident CR Swart (Pretoria) in 2005; but in 2003 she started with her culinary career doing short courses and working in the industry in her spare time. She was working as a waitress at the Waterkloof French-style restaurant, “Brasserie de Paris“, which during this period she received hands-on in-house training in the kitchen. She was presented with the opportunity to work in the kitchen full time and grabbed it with both hands.

After being in the kitchen for only eight months with hands-on training, she bravely entered the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ “Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs” (Young Chefs Competition) and victoriously received the Second Place. Once her appetite for competitions were awakened, she participated in the “Young Chefs competition” several times after that.

But this was not enough for Chef Marlise as she entered the annual Sunday Times’ “Young Chef competition” in 2008 where she was awarded the title of the “Sunday Times Young Chef of the Year“. Her prize included a bursary from Prue Leith Chefs Academy and successfully graduated in 2010; continuing her work at Brasserie de Paris.

Chef Marlise was promoted to Executive Chef at Brasserie de Paris in 2011. During this time she planned menus and cooked fine French dishes for several international celebrities such as Princess Anne Phillips, the Duke and Duchess of Scotland, various South African Ministers, sport and entertainment “celebrities”.

In 2013 Chef Marlise undertook the mammoth task of attaining a Bachelors Degree in Education whilst working as a substitute/assistant teacher at Hoërskool Oos-Moot and continuing her culinary work as the guest-Chef at Brasserie de Paris.

Chef Marlise married her best friend, Edward Whelan in 2010. They have two four-legged family members named Toulous and Kenzy who they love dearly!

Today Chef Marlise is living her passion by combining her interest for food and teaching future young chefs about the industry.  Team CHS encourages Chef Marlise to explore her interest in wine and food pairing and allows her to share this passion with the CHS students.


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