Local students cook up a win

2017-07-11 06:02
The students who competed with, from left, Mariaana Herne (Muizenberg Campus head), Alan Winde, Fatima Johnson, Hahniem Mohamed (lecturer).

The students who competed with, from left, Mariaana Herne (Muizenberg Campus head), Alan Winde, Fatima Johnson, Hahniem Mohamed (lecturer).

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Young chefs in training at False Bay College won a cooking competition at the provincial ministry of economic opportunities at a First Thursday event last week.

A partnership between the provincial economic opportunities department and the Western Cape Fine Food Initiative (WCFFI), the cooking challenge tested the talents of students of False Bay College and the Capsicum Chef School.

The event on Thursday in the city centre was open to the public.

The challenge was to prepare a three-course meal incorporating surprise ingredients to be prepared in front of the judging audience. Surprise gift baskets with ingredients were delivered to the participating colleges 24 hours before the challenge.

The students’ mocktails, main dishes and desserts were judged.

Alan Winde, provincial economic opportunities minister, said the evening provided a taste of the up-and-coming talent in the industry.

“Once qualified, these chefs will be an asset to the tourism and hospitality sector. They displayed creativity and attention to detail and delivered high-quality meals. I wish them well as they get ready to do their internships, with many of them already placed in local hotels. I am confident many will go on to open their businesses, and bring home global awards for their work. I also saw a few local restaurateurs at the event, spotting the talent on show.”

The event formed part of the department’s First Thursday programme, which Winde launched in March last year, which seeks to make government more accessible. Each month has a themed programme and, apart from networking opportunities, government officials also attend to offer guidance to ­entrepreneurs.

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