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  • Chef


    Food and lifestyle.

    I was taught quite astutely how to ‘move food’.

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  • Travel


    Have suitcase, will travel.

    When the pomegranate in the courtyard in front of my study, helped along by the first autumn winds, sheds her leaves, I haul my suitcase from the attic.

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  • Author


    Food as a lifestyle.

    And after that the smell of printer’s ink became a small, albeit rather serious, addiction.

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Tours and classes

For the past eleven years streams of food enthusiasts have been visiting Bagatelle, the cottage in the center of the medieval village of Charroux. Here the huge old 35L Rosieres chef’s cauldron steams away in front of the window facing the cobbled street.

Marlene’s books

Marlene van der Westhuizen is the author of seven books of which five have been translated into Afrikaans. She is currently considering an eighth. The books encapsulate easy brasserie luxe recipes as well as an easy, laid back lifestyle in both Cape Town, where she resides with her husband and son, and their second home in the medieval village of Charroux, Auvergne.

In The News

Join the Green Point Village Cook’s Club every Wednesday from 10h30 to 14h30. Cooking and sharing a meal around the kitchen table. Or stay over in Portland Cottage in the middle of Green Point Village within walking distance of Green Point Park, Giovanni’s and the Sea Point Promenade.



… to the sumptuous tables of Bagatelle in the medieval village of Charroux, Auvergne where for the past 11 years we have been cooking up a little ‘orage’ from baskets overflowing with the magnificent produce of the countryside surrounding the village. Tiny grass asparagus, young purple artichokes, gloriously plumb ducks, the creamiest of cheeses, all find their way to our large table.

We are in the process of restoring a 15th century barn just down the cobbled road from Bagatelle. Soon we will have a rustic and much larger demonstration kitchen to accommodate more of the intrepid food travelers who have asked to spend kitchen hours with us in France.

It is with great pleasure and delight that I invite you to join me at our French table in the Auvergne.

Marlene vd Westhuizen