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“My mother is the reason that I love cooking,” explains caterer Sandy Wood. “She was an excellent cook and every night, we’d cook something simple together like soup, spaghetti Bolognaise or roast chicken and sit around the dinner table, chatting and eating. I adored cooking so much that I knew that I wanted to make it my career,” she says.

Sandy studied at Cordon Bleu in South Africa then went overseas to Prue Leith in London, Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and The Ritz in Paris. She spent time at Cybele Forest Lodge, was a chef on private yachts, gave cooking classes at home, and five years ago after a friend asked her to cater for a function, she set up Sandy’s Kitchen.

Whether it’s a dinner for eight or a function for 200, she does everything – food, flowers, decor, drinks and waiters – putting as much effort into smaller gatherings as she does huge events. “I love

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