Hendrik simply loves the sweet side of life in Lisbon
The young SA chef creates delectable treats, is writing a recipe book and plans to hit the rest of Europe
If you wander down Rua Braamcamp in Lisbon, Portugal, you’ll come across one of the city's best coffee and pastry shops, called Simpli. Reviewers on Tripadvisor give the venue five stars and all, without exception, rave about the freshly roasted coffee, breads and cakes that are made on the premises several times a day.
And if you sneak into Simpli’s small kitchen, you’re likely to bump into a tall young man, Hendrik Pretorius, elbow deep in mixing bowls, creating delectable treats for the venue’s customers. Pretorius, 26, who hails from Heidelberg in Gauteng, is living the dream and doing what he loves to do. We spoke to him about his journey so far and his plans to release a pastry cookbook. He also generously shares his grandmother’s wonderful malva pudding recipe.
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