Northern Cape to host final

2016-04-06 06:00
HAPPY chef students of The Private Hotel School (TPHS) in Stellenbosch. Photo: Supplied

HAPPY chef students of The Private Hotel School (TPHS) in Stellenbosch. Photo: Supplied

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THE Northern Cape province is expected to host the final stage of the brand new countrywide school chefs competition for gr. 11 and gr. 12 learners.

The school chefs competition was launched by The Private Hotel School (TPHS) from Stellenbosch and it is expected that the final cook-off between the six finalists will be held in Upington on 5 and 6 August.

In a media statement, Charlene Nieuwoudt of CNCommunication, said the event would coincide with the !Naba Food & Wine Festival.

Schools are encouraged to enter as the winning young chef will receive an all-inclusive bursary for a higher certificate in Hospitality Management at the TPHS worth R84 900.

The supporting teacher will also receive a bursary for the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education (distance education) to the value of R60 000.

The competition has opened on 15 March and will close on Friday, 29 April.

According to Susina Jooste, the director of TPHS that is now in its tenth year, the competition aims to create awareness of the variety of exciting careers available in the hospitality industry.

“Future careers could include working as food writers, managing one’s own wine training business, generating an income at speciality food markets or as pastry chefs, or operating coffee shops or guest houses, to name but a few.

“We would like to inspire learners to explore these opportunities and to channel their passion for food into a viable career with international possibilities.”

She added that the winner would be a gr. 11 or gr. 12 learner whose complete and professional entry portfolio sufficiently impressed the judges and whose use of the ingredients showed insight and creativity.

TPHS is also reported being the only South African institution offering an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education. It is also an approved centre to offer City and Guilds qualifications and is the master licence holder of the internationally-renowned American Hospitality Academy.

“Enthusiasm, attention to detail and the ability to prepare a delicious meal with seasonal, local ingredients is non-negotiable for participants,” said Jooste.

“Please, no caviar, Norwegian salmon or liquid nitrogen for this competition,” warned Jooste.

According to the competition rules, only one learner from a school will be allowed to enter and the first round of judging will be handled by the staff of the TPHS.

Five finalists will be announced on 27 May, while the cook-off in Upington, to coincide with the !Naba Food & Wine Festival, will take place from 4 to 6 August.

Visitors to the !Naba Food & Wine Festival can expect to be treated to multi-layered culinary delights, local and national wines and live entertainment to showcase the Green Kalahari as one of the world’s premier food and wine destinations.

For more information about participating in the 2016 school chefs competition, send an email to or contact the TPHS on 021-881-3792. Online entries available at

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