Chang­ing the face of food in the CBD

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - LIAM STRETCH

‘‘We have got to keep it fresh, we don’t be­lieve in keep­ing things the same.’’

If you stop by CBD cafe´ on Blen­heim’s Queen St, you will find a food whis­perer in the form of Ta­nia God­sall.

Hav­ing been around food all her life, Ta­nia can remember be­ing about 8 years old and get­ting placed upon the pass at her fa­ther’s restau­rant, watch­ing the food go by.

As her ar­dour for food flour­ished, Ta­nia joined the RNZAF while gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in fine din­ing, and passed both her Lon­don city and guilds chef’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions with ex­cel­lence.

‘‘My mum said to me, ‘when all your friends were out par­ty­ing, you were at poly­tech do­ing cook­ing cour­ses,’’’ God­sall said.

Ta­nia, along with hus­band Mike, took on CBD cafe´ back in 2016 and be­gan to trans­form the lo­cal food scene led by their pas­sion for change, Ta­nia and Mike hate things to be plain.

‘‘We have got to keep it fresh, we don’t be­lieve in keep­ing things the same. We would get bored oth­er­wise.’’

The menu changes all the time at CBD, but some tra­di­tions re­main – the pair use a 120-yearold fam­ily cook­book to make pre­serves and sauces.

Ta­nia was chuffed to hear about her nom­i­na­tion for busi­ness per­son of the year but in­sisted that she could not have done it alone, es­pe­cially not with­out her hus­band Mike.

‘‘Mike is bloody awe­some, I couldn’t do it with­out him.’’

God­sall said it was the lit­tle things that have made CBD a suc­cess, some­times it is as sim­ple as smil­ing at a customer, pro­vid­ing nice tea cups for el­derly ladies, or putting a cush­ion on a cold chair out­side.

‘‘We will leave lit­tle stick­ers on our cof­fee cups be­cause some­one might be hav­ing a rough day and a lit­tle mes­sage like ‘you’re look­ing gor­geous to­day’ can go a long way.’’

‘‘It’s about go­ing that lit­tle bit fur­ther,’’ said God­sall.

On top of her love for food is a sound busi­ness mind - Ta­nia likes to quote bil­lion­aire Richard Bran­son.

‘‘I think Bran­son said, look af­ter your em­ploy­ees. If you take care of your em­ploy­ees, they will take care of your clients,’’ said God­sall.

Bran­son is one of her role mod­els, as is fash­ion mogul Trelise Cooper.

Ta­nia has big dreams for the fu­ture of CBD and other projects but they are un­der wraps, for now.

CBD Cafe´ was also nom­i­nated for busi­ness of the year.

CBD owner Ta­nia God­sall’s pas­sion for food is matched by her pas­sion for change.

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