IBC Col­lege wins culi­nary con­test

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IBC Col­lege re­cently came out vic­tors in the in­au­gu­ral culi­nary schools com­pe­ti­tion aimed at up­lift­ing the lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try as well as choos­ing a team to rep­re­sent the coun­try at in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in 2017.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (MET) part­nered with Le­sotho Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion (LCA) to host the event at Dona@ Ba­los Restau­rant at Thet­sane Of­fice Park in Maseru on Fri­day.

Four hos­pi­tal­ity schools, namely Lerotholi Polytech­nic, IBC Col­lege, St Mary’s School of Home Eco­nomics as well as Dona@Ba­los Chef and Hos­pi­tal­ity School took part in a com­pe­ti­tion where they pre­pared a three course meal namely the starter, main course and dessert.

The panel of judges con­sisted of Chef Fanie Se­bopo from the South African Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion, lo­cal Chef Puse­letso Rantsatsi who cur­rently works as a hos­pi­tal­ity lec­turer at Limkok­wing Uni­ver­sity and Mar­gret Moroka — an eco­nomics of­fi­cer at the MET.

IBC Col­lege came first, Dona@Ba­los sec­ond place, Lerotholi Polytech­nic third while St Mary’s brought up the rear.

The stu­dents each re­ceived a medal and cer­tifi­cate.

Chef Fanie pre­sented St Mary’s with a set of chefs’ knives which he said it was to mo­ti­vate them.

The com­pe­ti­tion was fol­lowed by a gala din­ner which was graced by the deputy Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Tha­bang Kholumo, the Tourism Min­istry’s Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Le­feu Ra­mone and of­fi­cials from both min­istries as well as mem­bers of LCA.

LCA pres­i­dent Don­ald Mo­let­sane said in ad­di­tion to im­prov­ing lo­cal culi­nary stan­dards, the com­pe­ti­tion was also held to se­lect a team to rep­re­sent Le­sotho in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions next year.

“We have had Dona@Ba­los stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing Le­sotho but the na­tional team should com­prise of stu­dents from dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions Chef Mo­let­sane said.

“This is the first ef­fort to­wards achiev­ing that goal and we will work with the lec­tur­ers from these schools to se­lect the best team. We also hope Chef Fanie will help us de­velop a strong team.

“This ini­tia­tive has also united hos­pi­tal­ity lec­tur­ers, which means the be­gin­ning of work­ing re­la­tions to pro­duce the best chefs, which in turn, will pro­mote hos­pi­tal­ity through schools,” he said.

For his part, Hon­ourable Kholumo said that his min­istry would give the nec­es­sary sup­port to culi­nary arts to boost the econ­omy.

“Most de­vel­oped coun­tries rely on hu­man skills to boost the econ­omy and we are very pleased to see these schools work­ing to­gether to erad­i­cate poverty through job cre­ation.

“My min­istry will en­sure that ev­ery tal- ent is de­vel­oped to build a team of en­trepreneurs and not just job seek­ers armed with cer­tifi­cates,” he said.

The guest of honour, Chef Fanie whose ca­reer spans more than 20 years in the South African culi­nary arts in­dus­try, en­cour­aged stu­dents to keep im­prov­ing their skills.

“Ev­ery time in the kitchen is a test to any chef and if you are afraid of fail­ure you will never be a great chef. You will fail a mil­lion times but as long as you keep try­ing there is hope.

“Do not get into the pro­fes­sion for money for it takes a lot of time to build a re­sume that speaks vol­umes,” he said, adding, “A diploma or de­gree cer­tifi­cate is just a piece of pa­per which will open doors for you, af­ter that it is up to you to shine and make a name for your­self”.

“Through­out the 20 years of my ca­reer I have not spent Christ­mas or New Year’s Eve with my fam­ily so re­mem­ber that this pro­fes­sion en­tails ex­ten­sive work­ing hours,” he said.

He also urged the stu­dents to re­search about tra­di­tional Se­sotho dishes and learn to pre­pare them in the mod­ern way as that could be their se­cret weapon in any com­pe­ti­tion.

IBC Col­lege culi­nary stu­dents with their tro­phy and medals af­ter the con­test.

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