Cabinet Food Specialist
I have been working in the hospitality industry for quite a few years. I have been at Hygge for two years and find it can be quite challenging as it feels like 10 cafes in one big compound. I enjoy working with a great team and the new opportunities that Hygge has offered me and my family. The job itself can become quite stressful at times, but when you go outside, take a deep breath and look at the view, it can’t get any better than that. I really enjoy seeing our regular customers and any banter we may have just makes the day better.
Sales / Marketing / HR
Hi I am William Atkin. I come to Hygge with a big smile, big heart and big amount of enthusiasm and bring it to our front of house and events team. I have loads of experience in various local hospitality hot spots including senior roles at Pipi Cafe, Maina Eat & Drink and Chans Chop House where I was in Front of House management, beverage list management, and events management roles. I love theatre, good friends and good wine! I believe that you should love where you work and what you do because then you never work a day in your life and I have found my ultimate happiness in the hands of Robyn, Kerry, the team and the customers of Hygge at Clifton Bay
Victor Gouk Siu Teck
My name is Victor Gouk and I grew up in a place called Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. I am currently working at Hygge at Clifton Bay as Head Chef. I gained this interest in cooking and baking since I was a little boy, thanks to the childhood spent in my family's Cafe business. since then, I have pursued my interest and finished college study to carry on the journey of my career. Now, I have been working in this industry for over 6 years and through these 6 years, I've experienced working in different variations of food service such as banquet, bakery, cafe as well as fine dining restaurant. The beauty of being a chef has allowed me to travel around the world to experience different food and culture, and I believe, this is why the destiny brings me here. A lot of movies are about life but mine are like a slice of cake, and I'm here to share this "slice of cake" and to enjoy all the small little things and memories that will be added to it here at Hygge at Clifton Bay.
Robyn and Kerry Brannigan
Some 8 years back Robyn had an idea of creating a “PLACE”, where people especially (after many years in early childhood as kindergarten teacher) mothers and children could go and feel all the things home offers where the whole family could enjoy. Children could play, mothers could shop/browse, families could relax, spread-out and feel welcome. All while being taken care of with fresh food and refreshments. The Term“Hygge”discovered some years back has always resonated as a concept that mirrors Robyn and Kerrys’ philosophy on life, especially home. This philosophy sits behind all that is Hygge. Unable to find a word or term to match, Hygge has become the concept and the name. After looking for a Place that met a number of criteria, especially a Destination, the Old Clifton Café was discovered and available. In need of a major overhaul a deal was struck, the business bought and renovations begun. A deadline of 30 days of renovation both inside and outside was made. Fittings, building, plant,painting, grounds, utilities were reworked and exactly 30 days later completed with Hygge opening 11th May 2018. The ambient interior, natural outdoor area, especially the children friendly hill with rocks, tunnel, slide and driftwood logs, has proven extremely popular. Major seawall revetment work has seen a new limestone wall, new road and gardens along Hygges’ boundary. The Deck under the Olive trees was designed for Yoga sessions in summer and as a wedding ceremony site with Cape Kidnappers as a backdrop. Music was a theme focused on and Sunday sees musicians every week outside in the summer andinside through the winter. All in all Hygge was set up as a PLACE for everyone and anyone. No pressure to perform and no pressure to leave.