Over the decades of my career as a restaurateur, there has been a common and consistent phenomenon; both my clients and I have felt a certain comfort and warm familiarity that resulted in clients and proprietors becoming friends. Clients became guests and proprietors became hosts. The result of this experience has led people to say, “let’s go to Roddy tonight”, as opposed to the restaurant’s name, as though they were popping into my home to say hi, and I have always LOVED that! This incredible experience has given me precious lifelong relationships that I cherish enormously.

The privilege that has been bestowed upon me is that I have been witness to people's most precious and intimate special occasions. Marriage proposals (hiding rings in pavlovas!), weddings, birthdays, product launches, bachelor parties, anniversaries, team building cookery workshops, and many more. At Ta Piatakia restaurant I even had a couple who celebrated their anniversary every year at the same table of their proposal for 12 years. I probably have material for an entire book with the stories I could tell!

Since my break from the restaurant industry over the past year, I have realised that I am nowhere near hanging up my apron yet! I have missed being in the kitchen creating, but above all, I have missed my people hysterically!

I have enjoyed taking a break, breathing, thinking, creating my garden, and converting my ‘house on the hill’ into my home, and my sanctuary. It is this home that I would like to share with you. I would like to continue being your host and witnessing your special occasions…