Over six years ago, my brother-in-law accepted a job offer at the Rift Valley Railways and settled in Kenya. A few months later, he put me in touch with Andrew and Claudia Stewart, the owners of the Mara Bushtops Camp in Maasai Mara, who were travelling in Germany at the time. I met them in Berlin in early 2011, and when they mentioned to me that they would like me to join their team at Mara Bushtops as a consultant chef, I was elated!
My employer at the time agreed to give me three months leave to travel to Kenya. This was, however clichéd it may sound, a dream come true! The vast African landscapes and abundant wildlife were a constant source of fascination for me as a child and now I was getting the opportunity to experience the magic of the wildebeest migration season!