Jafflz® Founder & CEO
Chef Meryl van der Merwe was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, where she started
cooking family meals at the tender age of ten—because it was fun! Later, she experienced
cooking on a professional level during a “estage” at Cape Town’s legendary Victoria and Alfred,
and the die was cast. Chef Meryl left South Africa at age 18, basing along the Cote d’Azur in the
South of France for over a decade, and went to work traveling the world aboard super yachts,
eventually assuming chef duties. Along the way, Meryl also received formal classical French
culinary training at the Pacific Culinary Arts Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Cooking on-board these super yachts afforded Chef Meryl the opportunity to work with
incredibly talented chefs from the world over, while learning the cuisines of the world in-
country. One such country is that of Palau, where Chef Meryl was based between trips for a
Venezuelan family on a scuba diving-dedicated super yacht. It was in Palau that Chef Meryl met
her future husband, Greg, who convinced her to give Park City, Utah, a try.
Soon after arriving in Park City, Chef Meryl established Du Monde Gourmet Catering in 2006,
which quickly evolved into a Private Chef and Service business, providing in-home services to a
highly discerning clientele, as well as producing VIP corporate events both in the US and
abroad. This phenomenally successful business model has allowed Chef Meryl to bring the cuisines of
the world to private residences around the Park City area. In addition, Chef Meryl opened a
full-fledged commercial kitchen in December 2013, which has afforded her the opportunity to
incorporate new efficiencies into the Du Monde business model, as well as to develop new
product and business model ideas.
Chef Meryl’s newest contribution to the culinary world is her take on the retro toasted pocket
sandwich called a Jaffle. These Timely, Toasty, Tasty Jafflz® are stuffed with REAL FOOD made
with authentic recipes from around the globe. Chef Meryl has incorporated her favorite flavors
offering both sweet & savory into a perfectly round, portion controlled convenient cuisine.
Meeting all the demands of the millennial’s and launching the brand at a time that consumers
are more open to explore, Jafflz® provides an approachable way to try a new cuisine.