“Tall Paul” is a well known face at Noordhoek Farm Village – with a ready grin, a frequent chuckle and a casual, laid back confidence, we’d like to introduce to Paul le Roux of Café Roux as our Village Personality for February 2012. If there was a list with the Who’s Who in hospitality in South Africa- none of us would be surprised to have Paul’s name in the Top 10! He certainly has his name stamped on the Noordhoek List.
Paul is one of those true Capetonians who lives with a passion for life and all that Cape Town has to offer. Paul was born in Rondebosch, where he also attended school – living a boy’s idyllic childhood with friends, sport, some academics, a busy family life with more sport… following which his academic career took him off to University of Cape Town, where he studied accounting and even did a post-graduate degree in Accounting. Every accountant does “time” and Paul did his articles at KPMG. It seemed that the original career path to become a Chartered Accountant was on track and as humble as Paul is, he won’t be the one telling you he came first in South Africa during his article exams. Whilst researching local entertainment and local accommodation in Cape Town, we utilized all the regular research tools at at our disposal.
In 2001, Paul met a Karoo farm girl called Bernadette – an acclaimed food writer and food stylist, and fell head over heels (and not just because Bern can cook a mean Karoo lamb roast either!) with the woman who was to become his wife and mother of his children! The 2 headed off back-packing around the world for a year, spending a great deal of time in New Zealand – picking fruit and working in a coffee shop. On this journey Paul gained fame for making the best Café Latte in Wanake – which became known as Latte Le Roux. We are not sure if coffee fame was the turning point in Paul’s life or if it was Bern herself but Paul decided that accounting was definitely not for him.
Cape Town was calling Paul home, so he promptly proposed to Bern at the Sydney Opera House and headed home. Research shows that places for backpackers to stay in Cape Town are abundant and well priced as far as international standards go. As Bern was an Eastern Cape farm girl – city living was not exactly what she had in mind and even the Southern Suburbs felt too crowded and they found a home in Noordhoek, where both Paul and Bern fell in love – this time with the lifestyle and the community. hese days, Paul runs and owns Café Roux with Lindi and Bern and a phenomenal management team who will be familiar to the regular Café Roux patrons – Deo and Chantelle are critical to the success of Café Roux and Paul is quick to point out and thank and praise his team! Says Paul, “I love what I do because of my amazing staff, who are like family to me. Paul is adamant that there is “nowhere like it anywhere in South Africa” not only because of the Café Roux offering but because it is so unbelievable to be part of such a special unique community. We say there is nowhere like it in the world!