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“There is no sincerer love than the love of food,” and if you have the pleasure of meeting Olives & Plates’ Andria Neophytou, you’ll experience her passion for plating.
It’s impossible to imagine that Andria hasn’t always been in hospitality, even though her life has revolved around food. Growing up behind the grill in her parents’ Wimpy in Lydenburg, Andria pursued a career in IT Programming. It was only on her return to South Africa that she embraced her rich Greek heritage and began her love affair with food twenty-three years ago.
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Andria traded programming for her passion and together with her husband and his family, as well as her sister, invested in a quaint coffee shop. What started out as a struggle, evolved into Andria serving passers-by flocking inside, and soon they had opened in Rustenburg, Boksburg and Fourways, each shop more successful than the last.
As a business strategist, her husband came across an opportunity at Wits Medical Campus and was inspired by the possibility of putting an end to psychedelic pink Vienna’s and instead preparing fresh, wholesome food to fuel the doctors. Andria and her team soon moved into the JSE College and Business School. As Wits grew, so did their family business and soon they were feeding 7000 people daily.
Six years ago, a special space on Wits West Campus became available, and Olives & Plates was born. Andria and her team had secured the 380-seater space and were open for business, winning everyone over with her irresistible cake display.
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A year ago, she was also offered an exclusive restaurant space at The Embassy which afforded her the opportunity to trade at night and offer her guests an unforgettable experience in Africa’s richest square mile. Everything that comes out of her kitchen is an experience, whether it’s a freshly cut fruit salad or life-changing ricotta hotcakes.
Andria is serious about women empowerment and passionate about employing and empowering single mothers. As a mother herself, she understands the precariousness of balancing work and motherhood, and this is her way of giving back to the community.
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Inspired by the people who believe in her, Andria has come a long way from making milkshakes at Wimpy and has remained humble despite her inspiring success; but one thing hasn’t changed, she still makes the meanest toasted cheese.
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