Holly Emily Charlton

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Durban, South Africa
Stellenbosch University
Traditional South African Cuisine, Vietnamese Street Food, Red Wines
  • Holly managed a team of editors at a global edtech company.
  • She mastered the authentic 48-hour Vietnamese beef broth (Pho Bo) recipe in Hanoi.
  • She's written reviews for some of South Africa's most popular local wines.


After graduating, Holly spent a year in Vietnam teaching English and business writing to adults and university students, along the way developing a love for fresh and simple street food. For five years thereafter, she called Cape Town home, where she worked as a journalist and writer for South African journalism organizations, like News24 and Stellenbosch Media Forum, and content editor and writer in the edtech space. She's written for a variety of publications with a focus on cooking hacks, twists on popular recipes, and explorations into niche local food and drink. Holly joined Food Republic in 2023 and can express her lifelong love of food and its ability to bring people together and encourage creativity.


Holly has a B.A. degree, majoring in English, philosophy, and psychology, and a B.A. Honors degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University. She has also completed five short courses, namely Global Health Delivery with Harvard VPAL; Investment Management, Digital Marketing, and Executive Coaching with the University of Cape Town; and MBA Essentials with the London School of Economics and Business Science.
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