Born and bred in South Africa, Anmar Odendal-Wilding is a renowned pastry chef who has made her mark in the wedding cake industry. She is definitely living life 100%, which assisted her in receiving numerous prestigious awards, including being selected as the best wedding cake designer in the East of England.
After studying at the Institute of Culinary Arts just outside Stellenbosch, Anmar worked as an executive chef on yachts based around the Mediterranean and the Pacific. While working on these yachts, Anmar cooked for the likes of Uma Thurman, Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson.
Anmar’s next culinary achievement was in England, where she worked as a pastry chef and had her own highly successful wedding cake company, Crumb Cakes. After eight successful years in the United Kingdom, Anmar brought Crumb Cakes to South Africa.
Since Anmar moved back to South Africa in 2017, she has been working as a pastry chef at the Slippery Spoon Kitchen in Stellenbosch whilst running Crumb Cakes SA. One of her specialities is multi coloured, delicious macaroons.
Anmar is a creative thinker and each cake is out-of-this-world and sometimes over-the-top unique, depending on the client’s brief. She recently also started a vegan-friendly baked goods range. The vegan friendly creations are as gorgeous as her initial range and it is hard to believe that they are made without dairy or eggs.
Although Anmar is based in Stellenbosch, she often travels to different South African destinations for catering or demonstrations. In 2013, while working in England, Anmar came all the way to South Africa to present a macaroon-baking demonstration at the popular Innibos Festival in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
As for the future, Anmar is looking forward to some very exciting developments. Later this year, she will be publishing a book on her work, which will include some of her delightful recipes.
One thing is for sure, Anmar is a pastry chef you should keep your eyes on!