Welcome to the online world of the Gourmet Princess

Ilse started her career as a model at the age of 18 years and soon secured campaigns like Sports Illustrated swimwear in 2001 and 2002 as well as the cover girl for Cosmopolitan’s lingerie issue and the face of Magnum ice cream 2 years running. Her love for food have always been a big hurdle in her attempt to stay skinny enough to be a successful international model, and after 8 years of depriving herself, she decide to hang up the bikini’s and begin a career as a plus size model. Having even more success as a plus size model and travelling all over the world extensively, gave her exposure to all different cuisines and her love for cooking was born.

Her passion for India and the amazing food became an obsession. She dreamed of a career in food and when Masterchef hit SA she knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to get herself noticed in the food industry. Finishing 7th in season 1 helped her to start up her own brand, the Gourmet Princess which lead to a cookbook, The Gourmet Sisters, with fellow Masterchef contestant and friend, Sue-Ann Allen. She hosted her first season of her cooking show, IlseKook, on Kyknet and was also seen as the face of Maggi Lazenby and Food Lovers Market.

A keen blogger and foodie, Ilse is living her dream. She was awarded second place in the Off Local food blogger of the year for 2015 and is actively involved in restaurant consulting and reviewing. Her most recent project is the menu and recipe planning for new franchise, Company Social Brasserie where she developed all the recipes for the menu, food costing and kitchen manuals along with training of kitchen staff.



Sir Fruit (previously known as Sir Juice) uses a whole blended production process that ensures the end product contains as much of the original flavor and nutrition of the fruit as possible. The SIR FRUIT team searches the country for the finest farms. Then they pulp the produce, packing in as much of the natural goodness as possible. Due to the nature of SIR FRUIT products, it has to be kept chilled at all times. Real fruit is a lot like fresh milk – that’s why you’ll only find it in the fridge and NEVER left sitting on the shelf. Sir Juice focusses on sourcing the best quality ingredients available and processing them as little as possible. This method means that you get more of the goodness of the whole fruit and it’s the very reason the juice tastes like eating a piece of fruit.

Some of their recently launched flavours include Sweet C, made up of super sweet mandarins, packed with sundrenched sweetness and bursting with flavor and taste; Harrismith Apple juice, containing four apple variants from the Harrismith region; Pink Lemonade, made from the petals of the Rosa Demascena, submerged in water and distilled under special conditions; The Berries, a chunky combination of whole blended Blackcurrants, Strawberries, Raspberries and Pressed Apple Juice and their latest edition, smoothies. Distinctively thick, and full of tasty bits, Sir Fruit smoothies include four variants – Strawberry & Banana, Mango & Passion Fruit as well as Apple, Yoghurt, Oats & Cinnamon and Berry, Yoghurt, Oats & Honey.

Win a month’s supply of Sir Fruit

Sir Fruit (previously known as Sir Juice) have given us a MONTH’S supply to give away to one of our lucky readers. These guys use a whole blended production process that ensures the end product contains as much of the original flavor and nutrition of the fruit as possible.

Question: Tell us what “Sir Fruit is so good, it’s better than…” Answer via Twitter, tagging @ilse_fourie and @SirFruit_ and the hashtag #BetterThan. A winner will be selectected 10th January 2017 to arrange your prize of Sir Fruit.

T & C’s: a month’s supply equates to 30 bottles of Sir Fruit and winners need to be in Cape Town, JHB or Durban.