Food Lover and Teacher
Hello and welcome to Anita the foodbuilder's homepage. I am a passionate hospitality professional who loves working with people to create wonderful experiences centred around cooking classes and accommodation packages. Here you will find information and links to my offerings. Enjoy scrolling!
Hi, my name is Anita, and I am a proud Swiss-Australian!
I am the founder and sole owner/operator of my business, foodbuilder, which is located in the beautiful township of Goolwa in the Fleurieu Peninsula region, approximately a one-hour journey from Adelaide, either via the Adelaide Hills or the Southern Expressway. My business is situated within a 10-minute walk to the main street and It also is only a 3 km stroll to the main beach.
Who I am and what my business is, are both closely intertwined. Thus, in order to introduce my business, I will provide you with a little background:
I was born in the north-western (German and French speaking) part of Switzerland. After twelve years of schooling, I took a gap year and went to live on a local farm, where I learned to prepare dishes with local fresh foods. This experience tilted me towards my passion for cooking and education in particular. Later, I passed an exam to attend a specialist Home-Economics university. From there, I commenced teaching school-aged students cooking, nutrition and sport. Early in my career, I had the opportunity to travel to Zaire (Kongo) in Africa in order to mentor local teachers. During this time, I again learned the value and sustainability of cooking with fresh and local products.
Later, I moved to Singapore to teach at the Swiss School. Whilst there, I had the opportunity to develop a small catering business. More recently, I decided to take up study again, this time in catering and restaurant management at Le Cordon Bleu in Adelaide, SouthAustralia. I also expanded my knowledge into the field of business management and developed a new passion – wine! As a hard-working person, I managed to take home a “Dux of class” trophy!
I am not sure if it was my “Swissness” and/or my attention to detail, but there came a day when I was invited to become involved in the world of chocolate as the flagship store manager for Australia’s favourite chocolatier, Haigh's.
After 18 years of living abroad, I received a unique job offer in Switzerland to teach highly academic students the arts of cooking, nutrition, handicrafts, budgeting and sport.
All of this experience gave me the confidence and know-how to create my foodbuilder business.
In February 2021, I opened my kitchen with a vegetarian cooking class and slowly but surely, the business has grown and taken root here in Goolwa. The cooking class concept has also expanded into a liaison with a few luxury retreats in the region.
Later in 2021, I was lucky enough to become a finalist in the 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards.
Thanks for reading!