Twelve years ago Graeme Taute realised his enthusiasm for writing and interest in bread making. Over time these hobbies gained momentum, resulting in his decision to close his clinical-psychology practice of 18 years, sell his home in Hilton, and rent a cottage in the Midlands. There he earns an income baking bread for weekend farmers’ markets (the Karkloof Market in particular). During the week he writes. He also runs a series of popular bread-making courses at a venue in Hilton. Students will have a head start when Graeme highlights the beauty of bread in a four-day course at the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine.
Graeme has presented courses for Taste magazine, Sprigs: The Food Shop in Kloof as well as the Christina Martin School of Food and Wine; and his work has been featured in many South African magazines, including Country Life, Food and Home Entertaining, SAA and British Airways in-flight magazines, and Taste. He was also featured in the popular East Coast Tables book by Erica Platter.
Growing up on a farm on the southern tip of the Kalahari, Graeme was educated in Kimberley and developed a love of music, which he studied throughout his schooling, and continued his studies at the Music College at UCT. Midstream he changed to a career in social work, and then clinical psychology. After completing a master’s degree in clinical psychology he opened a private practice in Pietermaritzburg. A few years later he embarked on his doctoral studies through Rhodes University, completing his PhD at the end of 2000.