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 3
WEST COAST COLLEGE, MALMESBURY, WESTERN CAPE
As a single mother, I decided that a future without education looked bleak, so I returned to the classroom. I began my cooking journey by selling rotis in college for extra income and I’ve now had the privilege of being nominated to prepare rotis for four hospitality lectures at a hotel college in France! I would love to have my own catering company one day.
FINALIST NUMBER 4
TSHWANE SOUTH TVET COLLEGE, CITY OF TSHWANE, GAUTENG
My passion for working with food motivated me to study hospitality at Tshwane South College. I now have a thriving small catering business, making traditional dishes for funerals and weddings. My greatest satisfaction comes from cooking for my husband and kids. They love feasting on my roast chicken and pap. I want to become one of South Africa’s best chefs.