Lucy’s love of food and entertaining turned into a career when she opened Vanille Cafe and Patisserie in 2004 – a french styled Cafe and Cake shop. She quickly made a name with her bespoke cakes and being self-taught her creativity and quirky approach to food became her biggest asset.
Lucy’s Cake Shop began as part of Vanille, with her Mom as her partner and although Vanille closed in 2010, Lucy continues to create bespoke creations for special occasions through Lucy’s Cake Shop .
During her career she has worked extensively with Harvey’s Catering and runs a consultancy specialising in menu creation and recipe development for new and existing Food Service establishments. A regular contributor to the Sunday Times Food Weekly, Lucy can now be found at Freedom Café where she has recently become chef-patron.
Former owner of Vanilla Café and owner of Lucy’s Cake Shop, Lucy Markewicz and new chef patron of Freedom Café, brings her culinary skills to this container restaurant in the garden of one of Durban’s newest boutique hotels.
Freedom Café is an extension of the passion for design experienced in the Concierge Boutique Bungalows. Cleverly adapted shipping containers host an intimate dining area with large glass panes allowing guests to take in the surrounding leafy courtyard (Freedom Café’s prime real estate) and the opportunity to meet the resident larger than life daschund sculptures which add to the eccentricity and enchantment of the space.
Watch the kitchen team prepare their fusion and Mediterranean dishes from an open plan kitchen nestled under a blanket of tress and experience Freedom from the expected.
Breakfasts include the usual takes on Benedict or super-fluffy organic scrambled eggs. At tea-time, you’re invited to some of the best baking in Durban, while lunches are light and leisurely.