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 1
PORT ELIZABETH TVET COLLEGE, PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE
It was my late great-uncle who got me into cooking. He showed me that food can be more than just nourishment; it’s also an avenue for unleashing creativity. One of my regrets is that I never got to cook for him. I love to cook for my girlfriend. Her love of cheesecakes and chocolate brownies was the catalyst for my ballerina brownie cheesecake recipe.
FINALIST NUMBER 2
NCR TVET COLLEGE, DE AAR, NORTHERN CAPE
When I finish college I want to stay in De Aar and pursue my dream of one day opening a restaurant. My mother has given me so much support and encouragement and I’ve won three local cooking competitions. I regularly cook for my immediate family and I’ve also cooked for up to 50 extended family members. I feel like my cooking journey has only just begun.