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Jill Nowers • Jack and Jill Food co.

June 24, 2016
Jill Nowers

Meet Jill Nowers. Colourful, vivacious and superbly creative. Jill is the culinary mastermind behind Jack and Jill Food co. We love her delicious, fresh, tasty food. We love her cool, edgy, funky spunk. Here’s a very special peek into the vibrant mind that is Mrs. Jill Nowers.

  • Name: Jill
  • Surname: Nowers
  • Age: 40 (Yikes!!)
  • Profession/Life’s work: Food glorious food…!!

So, what’s your story?

  • Where were you born? Port Elizabeth
  • Where did you go to school? Mostly Pretoria…
  • Where and what did you study? Ooh… Wasn’t very successful at tertiary education…  Some time spent at Tuks and then we moved and I went to Damelin PE where I completed a diploma in Public Relations…
  • What was your childhood dream – what did you want to become when you were 6 or 7? I have no idea!!  My mother says it  definitely wasn’t to be a ballerina!!!  Grace and dexterity aren’t strong points…
  • What was your first job? In retail – handing out numbers at the change room
  • Advice that shaped you career? Work hard…
  • What gets you out of bed in the morning? The 3rd alarm on my phone… Hahaha…  And that we have been given a new day, a clean page and the opportunity to do what  I love again…
  • What motivates you? Pictures / photo’s that lead to daydreaming about endless opportunities…
  • How do you spend your down time? In full control of the TV remote…
  • What does success look like to you? My shop…
  • What sets you apart as an influential woman in business? I would have no idea, it’s a bit weird trying to think that I am any different to any one else who is trying
  • What are the valuable lessons you have learnt in business? Planning and BUDGETING!!!
  • When I hire I want? What makes a great employee? Problem solvers
  • Give me 3 words that describe you best? Vivacious colourful foodie
  • What are your biggest accomplishments in your career thus far? Jack and Jill Food Co. – the shop is a culmination of the varied paths I have followed and the achievements that I have
  • I wish I could tell my 22-year-old self: Believe in yourself!!
  • Hidden talent: I can actually apply make up…
  • What other woman in business do you look up to? The girls out there that have their own business’ and just keep on keeping on, making changes in other peoples lives… There are many I admire…
  • What is one characteristic that you believe every entrepreneur should possess? Listening to your gut instinct… It always leads you somewhere…
  • What advice would you give someone starting their own business? Discipline

Jill Nowers Favourites:

  • Colour : Green
  • Food to eat: Steamed butternut with salted butter & freshly gound salt & pepper
  • Signature dish: So long as my familiy gets veggies with their protein they are happy!!
  • Food Icon or persona: Jamie Oliver
  • Drink: Gin or bubbles
  • Happy place: My head
  • Band: Coldplay
  • If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? Tasha Sideris – in awe of her and her achievements…
  • Quote: “I was 32 when I started cooking, up until then I just ate” Julia Childs
  • Book or Magazine: A recipe book
  • Online inspiration: Instagram – how social media has erased all borders & boundries opening the world to us in pictures and captured moments

Athleasure nikes

  • We went to: Jack and Jill Food co.
  • We ate: Hummingbird cake with banana, pecan nut, pineapple and vanilla buttercream icing
  • We drank: Our favourite Latte
  • Photography: The super talented FJ Potgieter from Eye Poetry Photography

*Find Jack and Jill Food co. on the Corner of Waverley and Andries Pretorius Street, Reizis Square, Bloemfontein.



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