Tiger Brands Chefs of the Future For
The Great South African Cookbook
On June 16 1976, South African youth rose up against an inhumane system of government. This year almost 22 years after South Africa attained its freedom and democracy, the youth of South Africa – armed with skills, knowledge and pure determination – will be called upon to face yet another challenge, rising up to shape a better future, says Bridgitte Backman, Group Executive for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Tiger Brands.
Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food producer, will host the culmination of a youth talent search which took the scouts across all the nine provinces to select 10 finalists from some of the country’s TVET (Technical Vocational Eduction and Training) colleges. The final winner will be determined through a Cookout Competition. The competition will see these 10 determined young minds go head-to-head where the winner will be crowned at an evening Gala Dinner which will be attended by 100 guests including Tiger Brands Executives, The Nelson Mandela Foundation partners as well as local Government Officials at Constitution Hill on June 16.
FINALIST NUMBER 5
THEKWINI TVET COLLEGE, DURBAN, KWAZULU-NATAL
I am an experimental cook who is always on the lookout for new recipes. I love to create gastronomical masterpieces in my kitchen-cum-studio. My mother is definitely my biggest cheerleader and she always gets excited when I’m ‘engineering’ a new recipe. My dream is to work for one of the top hotel groups in the world, to travel and learn about different types of cuisine.
FINALIST NUMBER 6
NOKUTHULA PORTIA MNGQOSINI
GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE, STANDERTON, MPUMALANGA
I love being in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. My grandmother ran a bed and breakfast, so I was exposed to the hospitality industry from an early age. I used to help out with the housekeeping and cooking, and that is what inspired me to become a chef. I love cooking for my family. My cooking has led them to develop a palate for exotic dishes.