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Lean in with the AJT to hear some of what makes catering magnates Sandra and Clive Bank tick.

By MARCIA CALLER JAFFE December 23, 2019, 9:58 am

Lucy and Desi, Rodgers and Hammerstein, oxygen and water are all balanced elements where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Added Touch Catering & Events founders Sandra and Clive Bank have experienced phenomenal growth over the past 26 years. Both South African born, Clive heads up the financial management end while Sandra is the talented chef, menu creator, and food presentation artist. She said, “Food brings people together and can make any occasion shine.”

Find out why Clive, a trained architect and former retail store designer, likes South African French fries, and how Sandra is the wife “who’s always right.” Get to know the jovial pair right here.

What do you miss most about South Africa?

Sandra: Everything. I miss a sense of the close-knit community there.

Clive: The food: steak, biltong, boerewors, and French fries (they soak them in stale oil for three weeks)!

What do you binge watch?

Clive: Everything. I’m a TV addict for relaxation, currently into “Watchmen.”

Sandra: I watch Clive watch TV.

If you could eat one thing three times a day, what would it be?

Clive: Sandra’s spaghetti bolognese.

Sandra: Desserts and chocolate (I’m glad he likes my spaghetti, cause he’s getting it tonight).

You’ve met a lot of famous folks. By whom were you most awestruck?

Clive: Former Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Sandra: Michael Solomonov, the award-winning chef and author. I found him to be very humble.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Sandra: Pause, … think before you speak (or yell).

Clive: Don’t speak, listen, per my father-in-law.

If I could change one thing about her (him):

Clive: Sandra is always damn right; even when she’s wrong, she’s right.

Sandra: His snoring.

When I’m not working, you can find me…

Sandra: With grandkids.

Clive: On The Standard Club golf course.

What annoys you the most when eating out?

Clive: Cold food.

Sandra: Inattentive service.

By MARCIA CALLER JAFFE December 23, 2019, 9:58 am

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