Budding chef’s dream comes true

2013-11-06 00:00

A PASSIONATE young chef’s dream of enrolling for a diploma in catering management will now be able to take off with a little help from someone who knows how to kick up a storm.

Mark Naicker (19), from Chatsworth, was one of 12 Durbanites who earlier this year competed in a live Curry Cook-off competition and impressed the judges with his vegetarian dish.

Naicker’s studies at the International Hotel School (IHS) in Durban will be sponsored by the sales of the Fry’s Family Food Cookbook launched in October.

The book was compiled with the help of the first South African Masterchef winner, Deena Naidoo.

Naicker, who currently studies at eThekwini College, says it has always been his dream to attend IHS. He confided that Naidoo was an inspiration and that it was a dream-come-true to cook for him.

“At the moment I am studying hospitality management but I have always wanted to go to IHS. I believe that one should go to the best place available to produce the best results.

“I have been experimenting with different recipes since I was much younger. I hope to win a prestigious award such as Masterchef SA one day,” Naicker says.

“Providing me with the opportunity to study will equip me with the necessary culinary skills, experience and tertiary qualification to become a great chef.

“Fry’s and Deena have made my life-long ambition come that much closer,” says Naicker.

Naidoo said he immediately appreciated Naicker’s passion and drive at the cook-off.

“I bumped into him at the Good Food and Wine Show. I was surprised that such a young boy would rather spend his day with his parents at a food show rather than surround himself with negative things,” said Naidoo.

“We decided to invest in his education because he truly deserves it. I feel that he will make the best of the opportunity and I will be there to guide him every step of the way.”

The cookbook is available on www.frysfamily.com and from selected bookstores.

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