Eziko Catering school still going

2015-09-03 06:00
Chefs in making celebrated the end of their first six months of training at Eziko Cooking and Catering School, in Langa, recently.

Chefs in making celebrated the end of their first six months of training at Eziko Cooking and Catering School, in Langa, recently.

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It was a beautiful day when young, aspiring chefs marked the end of their first six months of training at Eziko Cooking and Catering School, in Langa, recently.

The chefs are part of the 2015 intake of young chefs in the making.

The students have now completed their in- house training and move on to do six months of practical training in the industry. They are then assessed and qualify at the end of the year.

The gathering was to celebrate their success at qualifying to move on from the school and to head into doing hands-on work in places such as Sky Chef, the Conference Centre and a variety of hotels in Cape Town.

Family and friends gathered to enjoy a lunch prepared and served by the students.

A variety of speakers wished them well on the next stage of their journey and offered some advice and inspiration.

The Eziko Cooking and Catering School was established by a former Langa High School teacher, Victor Mguqulwa, in 1996.

His mission then and now was to address the issues of unemployment in township communities.

While teaching at the local school he noticed that there was a high interest in the cooking programmes and competitions at the school.

He realized that by providing youngsters with cooking skills, they would be able to find employment and create their own businesses in the future.

Safmarine provided the initial shipping containers that were used to build the school and also donated further shipping containers to build the restaurant for Eziko.

An initial idea led to the creation of a school that has now been operating for more than 15 years.

Mguqulwa’s vision is that the community can only develop by making people claim responsibility for their problems and their future.

This is done through the motto: You must ‘teach people how to fish rather than catching the fish for them.”

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