Chef school wins con­ti­nen­tal awards

Lesotho Times - - Business - Mot­samai Mokotjo

MASERU-BASED Dona@ba­los Chef School and Hos­pi­tal­ity clinched re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal culi­nary ac­co­lades dur­ing com­pe­ti­tions held in South Africa and Namibia.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­sti­tu­tion’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Don­ald Mo­let­sane, 12 stu­dents com­peted in the Nel­son Man­dela Culi­nary Cup which was held in Jo­han­nes­burg from 21 to 29 Septem­ber 2015. They were up against stu­dents from 12 coun­tries in­clud­ing South Africa, Namibia, Congo Brazzaville and Morocco, among oth­ers, and clinched the third place over­all.

Mo­let­sane said they were also run­ners-up in the com­pe­ti­tion’s Bar­be­cue Braai cat­e­gory af­ter pre­par­ing Sephaphatha and chicken livers.

He said they then left Jo­han­nes­burg for Windhoek, Namibia for the African Culi­nary Cup (ACC) which was held from 1 to 4 Oc­to­ber 2015. The ACC brings to­gether the best Na­tional Ju­nior Culi­nary Teams from across Africa and the Mid­dle East. Among the na­tions rep­re­sented at the com­pe­ti­tion was Namibia, South Africa, Egypt and Mau­ri­tius.

Mo­let­sane said the Dona@ba­los Chef School and Hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents also won the Best Skilled De­vel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate at the AAC.

“The judges were amazed by the fact that stu­dents pur­su­ing a cer­tifi­cate course were able to hold their own against peo­ple with 10-years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in culi­nary art,” he said.

“Be­cause of the award, one lucky stu­dent who trav­elled with us will be able to en­rol at a polytech­nic col­lege in Namibia. We are go­ing to hold com­pe­ti­tions to de­cide who will go to Namibia.”

Mo­let­sane also re­vealed that he had been ap­pointed as a di­rec­tor for south­ern Africa by the Culi­nary As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Africa.

“The di­rec­tor­ship means that I can train chefs, at­tend in­ter­na­tional culi­nary events and be a judge at in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions,” he said, adding that they in­tend to meet with of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing to dis­cuss the hold­ing of a culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion next month.

Mo­let­sane, how­ever, be­moaned the lack of sup­port for the culi­nary sec­tor by gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers.

“The stu­dents need sup­port from gov­ern­ment and other agen­cies. Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tions in SA and Namibia, other teams were sup­ported by their am­bas­sadors, while ours were not there,” he said.

“Added to that, the stu­dents from other coun­tries were booked in ho­tels while we slept in the car. How­ever, they re­mained strong and mo­ti­vated and that is why I am go­ing to pay tu­ition for three of them to do a diploma in Culi­nary Art at Dona@ba­los.”

Dona@ba­los stu­dents with Chef Don­ald (third from left) pose with their ac­colo­daes af­ter the african Culi­nary Cup in Windhoek namibia.

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