Karen Dudley

Say hello Karen Dudley. Karen is the person behind The Kitchen in Woodstock and author of three books. A passionate advocate of vegetable-led dishes for South African home cooks, Karen is excited about the flavours that we share and about the collaborative work that brings into being food that touches people’s hearts.

Q & A with Karen

Question: What’s your goal/vision for this conference?

Answer: I’m excited for #SAPOCTable conference and I hope it will be a platform to encourage others in the food industry and to listen to what others have to share.

Question: Name one person in this broader industry whom you look up to or a person who you really admire and why.

Answer:  I am loving Samin Nosrat @ciaosamin (Salt Fat Acid Heat) and I like the work of Diana Henry @dianahenryfood (generous and genuinely interested in others). MFK Fisher is my favourite food writer. In SA I admire the work of David Higgs (huge heart, vision, commitment and humility); Richard Carstens, Lucas Carstens (Makaron – I’m avidly watching his work on Instagram), Ivor Jones, Kobus van der Merwe (his gentleness and love of the land), the writing work of Anna Trapido, Mpho Tshukudu @mphotshukudu_rd and many more.  Most of these people have been doing great work of vision for a long time

Question: Fill in the following: Transformation in this industry (name your specific field or cause) will happen when…

Answer: Transformation in the food industry will happen when people recognise excellence.

Question: What would you love people to know about you and your work?

Answer: I believe that lunchtime is from 12 – 2PM. I stay constantly hungry and curious. Creating a new recipe or finding a solution a day keeps me happy and inspired.