Students learn the Italian way

2018-11-29 06:02
The Eziko Cooking and Catering school students from left Zanele Mayekiso, Nomfudo Sigo, Yonela Masingili, Vuyolwethu Peter, Nandipha Qhoyi, Amanda Mbedlashe, Liziwe Nkomiyahlaba, Sbongile Masingili and Akhona Mtshakazana. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

The Eziko Cooking and Catering school students from left Zanele Mayekiso, Nomfudo Sigo, Yonela Masingili, Vuyolwethu Peter, Nandipha Qhoyi, Amanda Mbedlashe, Liziwe Nkomiyahlaba, Sbongile Masingili and Akhona Mtshakazana. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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It was a day to remember for a group of 10 students from Eziko Cooking and Catering School, in Langa, when they received certificates on Thursday after completing a three day Italian cooking course and Wine tasting and pairing.

Phindile Cezula (38) from Khayelitsha said a lot of people in his community still see cooking as a woman’s job, but that is not the case with him.

“As you can see I was the only male in this short course because not a lot of males see cooking as something they can do,” he said.

Cezula said he learnt a lot from how to prepare an Italian cuisine and which wine to serve with every dish.

Cezula, who is unemployed, said he hopes to find a job so that he can showcase his cooking skills.

Another student Zanele Mayekiso (19) from Langa said she knew nothing about Italian cuisine before the course, except pizza and pasta, but thanks to the short course she can now prepare an Italian meal.

She said her dream is to work as a professional chef in a hotel.

“I would love to work at a hotel as a chef, but I would also like to study more in the hospitality industry,” she said.

Eziko founder Victor Mguqulwa said they are running a cooking and catering school for everyone who is interested in the industr­y.

He said the three day Italian cuisine course came after they formed partnership with the Italian embassy.

Mguqulwa said the embassy often brings an Italian chef to the school to teach the students. The students are awarded recognition certificates once they completed the course.

He said students with potential are then selected to work closely with the chefs in restaurants around Cape Town.

Mguqulwa invited anyone who would love to attend at the school to apply for their next intake in January by calling 076 770 3196.

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