Chef school fundraises

...as stu­dents set to com­pete in Ghana, UAE

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

MASERU-BASED Dona@ba­los Chef School and Hos­pi­tal­ity has lined up a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties to fundraise for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 12 stu­dents’ in culi­nary com­pe­ti­tions in Ghana and the United Arab Emi­rates.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­sti­tute’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Don­ald Mo­let­sane, five diploma stu­dents are set to com­pete at the All Africa Peo­ple’s Im­bizo in Ghana sched­uled for 24-29 Septem­ber this year against 100 chefs from 11 coun­tries.

Seven oth­ers are also set to com­pete at the Alan Thong Young Chefs Golden Cof­fee Pot com­pe­ti­tion in Abu Dhabi run­ning from 7-15 De­cem­ber 2016.

He said par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tions was meant to give the stu­dents ex­po­sure and fos­ter the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal culi­nary sec­tor.

“Five of my diploma stu­dents will com­pete in Ghana this month against con­tes­tants from 11 coun­tries, while seven oth­ers will face off against the rest of the world in Abu Dhabi in De­cem­ber,” said Mo­let­sane.

“The stu­dents have been learn­ing the ropes of the trade at our Dona@ba­los Restau­rant and their hand­i­work has even been lauded by the Tourism min­is­ter (Likeleli Tam­pane). So I be­lieve they are all set for the task at hand.”

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence they would fare well since 12 Dona@ba­los Chef and Hos­pi­tal­ity School stu­dents last year notched ac­co­lades dur­ing a con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion.

The 12 stu­dents com­peted in the Nel­son Man­dela Culi­nary Cup in Johannesburg last Septem­ber where they clinched the third po­si­tion against 12 African coun­tries in­clud­ing Morocco, Namibia, Congo Braz­zav­ille and South Africa. They were also run­ner ups in the same com­pe­ti­tion in the Bar­be­cue Braai cat­e­gory af­ter pre­par­ing Sephaphatha with chicken liv­ers.

The stu­dents also com­peted in the African Culi­nary Cup (AAC) held in Namibia last Oc­to­ber against con­tes­tants from Africa and the Mid­dle East. The Dona@ba­los Chef School and Hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents also won the Best Skilled De­vel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate at the AAC.

“Last year, we clinched the third po­si­tion in a ma­jor tour­na­ment with cer­tifi­cate-level stu­dents against con­tes­tants from 12 African coun­tries. So I be­lieve the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions will be a walk in a park for our diploma stu­dents,” he said.

How­ever, Mo­let­sane in­di­cated they did not have enough money to foot the trans­port and other costs of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tions.

“Last year, the Min­istry of Tourism footed our trans­port costs. But, un­for­tu­nately we have no fi­nan­cial back­ing this year as the min­istry’s fo­cus is on the In­de­pen­dence prepa­ra­tions,” he said.

“The only funds em­anate from the stu­dents’ school fees. So, in or­der to raise more funds, we will be host­ing a num­ber of events at the restau­rant. We started hold­ing the events last week­end with the stu­dents pre­par­ing and serv­ing dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional dishes from coun­tries such as Italy, France and Mex­ico among oth­ers.”

Mo­let­sane also re­vealed a pageant was lined up for Satur­day as part of the fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“The 2016 Miss Queen of Tourism pageant will be held at our restau­rant with the pro­ceeds thereof go­ing to be chan­nelled to the trip,” he said.

dona@ba­los stu­dents pre­par­ing for the two in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

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