Tempting times ahead

Bella KitchenSouth Western Times
Natural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone is ready to hang up her red apron and enjoy her other passions in life.
Camera IconNatural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone is ready to hang up her red apron and enjoy her other passions in life. Credit: Bella Kitchen

There are many things in life Annie Malone adores — her cafe, her ever-flowering garden, arts and crafts and bike riding.

Annie is the owner and genius behind the Natural Temptation Cafe and is passionate about feeding the people of Bunbury with foods that nourish the body and soul.

Natural Temptation Cafe was founded in 1989 by Annie and Katrina Bogdanoff, and in 1991 Annie became the sole owner of the cafe.

It started as the small cafe in Good Earth Health & Surf Shop then moved to the newly built Centrepoint Shopping Centre in Bunbury.

The Naturally Good Surf shop cafe became The Natural Temptation of Centrepoint.

In 2011, the cafe relocated to its present location at 47 Stephen Street, Bunbury, and today it still serves up the legendary earth burger.

Natural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone.
Camera IconNatural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone. Credit: Bella Kitchen

Annie wanted to bring vegetarian foods into the mainstream and created a place where people could come to enjoy a menu that suits all.

Reflecting on the past 31 years Annie said the work she and her workers or “The Temptresses” do is more than just hospitality.

“The business hasn’t just been about the job, it is more than that and it has really been about doing what I am passionate about and all my ideals and beliefs,” she said.

Growing up on a dairy farm is where Annie learnt a lot about life and hard work.

The valuable lessons from her mum and dad stayed with her throughout life and in her journey as a business owner.

“The older you get, besides starting to sound like your parents, you start remembering the little things they instilled in you and they become part of your make-up and you realise they are your values,” Annie said.

“As farmers if they didn’t get up and milk the cows no one was going to do it for them, they were reliant on being their own boss and this farming background really helped me in my business.”

Outside of the cafe Annie has always loved a challenge and when the opportunity came up to ride in the Gibb River Challenge she couldn’t resist.

The Gibb River Challenge is a socially competitive 660km team relay event raising community awareness and funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations.

Natural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone.
Camera IconNatural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone. Credit: Supplied

Training for the event is intense and lasts for six months, and Annie and her favourite teammate, her husband Ian Cocker, have now completedthe challenge eight times.

“We love the challenge and feel it was made for us, plus we always wanted to drive the Gibb River Road,” she said.

Annie said the bike lifestyle mixes well with the healthy living the cafe promotes and it also raises money for the Royal Flying Doctors.

“It has become our challenge, our holiday, our lifestyle, our social event and something we all do to go and put word into action to raise money for a good cause,” she said.

Looking into the future Annie thinks it may be time to hang up the apron and pass on the cafe to the next healthy hippy.

This will surely sadden many who know Annie and are fond of her delicious recipes and welcoming smile.

“I would love to hand over to someone with the same passion and same ideals to continue this brand of food and living that people rely on in the Bunbury area,” Annie said.

I think the cafe is ready for a new energy and person with new and exciting ideas.

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