Johannesburg Food Bloggers Claudine and Chantelle

Meet the Johannesburg Food Bloggers of Tables & Thyme:


Claudine – Recipe Development & Testing


Food and all it’s elements, has always been a passion for me. I love bringing people together over food.

I love making people happy by feeding them. I plan my day, my week, my life around food. Food doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to taste good and feed the soul.

From a young age, I was in the kitchen, experimenting. My food was fun. It wasn’t life changing or chef-worthy, but it was mine. I knew I would never be a chef but I wanted to make food part of my life. I studied hotel management in Cape Town where I realised that I didn’t want to wear a white jacket and stand behind a grill. Part of this course led me to the UK where I worked in hotels and worked with chefs. I learnt from them but in the process, learnt I had to make a living too. This led me to the office job I have now. I still love to spend time in the kitchen. I love to experiment with food – to taste, to try, to create.

Although I don’t follow recipes very well, I wanted to share the food I created. Along the way, I have realised I enjoying writing, I enjoying taking photos and I enjoy eating out. Tables and Thyme was born from my personal blog, when I realised I was spending my blog time sharing my cooking, my restaurant experiences and my foodie passions.

I live in Johannesburg – a city bursting with a food scene that’s kept secret. My husband shares my food passion (and he also nearly decided to become a chef). Our cat and dog stand by and watch me cook. Along with food, I love wine, whisky, photography and travelling. Thank you for sharing my moments – in the kitchen and in the restaurant.


Chantelle – Events & Photography


When I was a little girl I used to love baking treats to surprise my grandparents. My grandmother taught me how to bake.

My grandfather ate a very healthy diet, except when it came to my scones, pancakes or biscuits, then he used to tuck in with delight. Seeing them enjoy my food gave me pleasure. When they passed away, sadly I stopped baking.

I have always loved to eat. My entire family does. I am a fairly picky eater, so I would tend to stick to what I knew … until I became a blogger.

Photography is a hobby of mine; Food, Landscapes, Interiors; I enjoy the creativity it affords me.


Ruan – Events & Photography


Food has always been one of my passions. Growing up in a household to a Dietician mother, I never knew that food can be whimsical, interesting and for the most part very, very tasty.

Sunday afternoon television introduced me to a whole different context of what food can be. Watching Jamie Oliver in The Naked Chef driving around London with his scooter and making the most stunning dishes opened my mind to start exploring in the kitchen and start cooking and baking myself.

Unfortunately being quite a very fussy eater didn’t open the doors to too many creative ideas, luckily in the journey of becoming a food blogger I have learned just how amazing certain foods could be that just a couple of years ago I wouldn’t have the courage to try.

I’ve had a complete turnaround and now it seems impossible for me to not want to try new things, from street meats in Thailand and Africa, to finally dining in a childhood hero’s Restaurant at Jamie’s Italian I simply can’t seem to get enough.

I live in Johannesburg and travel quite a lot, so I’m very much looking forward to what I’m still to find in my expeditions around Jozi, and the world for that matter.

– Ruan Kruger

Enjoy the journey with us as we take you on all the exciting food adventures Johannesburg has to offer.