Every chef has their pet hate – and Jackie’s is seeing someone in the kitchen with one of her knives in their hand. “Nobody is allowed to touch my knives – they’re from the Wüsthof Classic Ikon range and they’re engraved. I use them, sharpen them and wash them myself,” she says. “I am very classical and old-fashioned in many ways and these knives are truly stunning – and they fit my hand like a glove,” she says. Having bruised and cut herself early in her career with blunt knives, Jackie makes sure her knives are always sharp.
My students exams means I get to semi catch up with local chefs that I respect hugely because with all the kitchen assessing I am doing I need tasting judges to professionally and fairly judge my students plates. Everything gets judged blind, as in no judge knows whose food is whose.
I strongly advocate that aspiring chefs enrol for our work-experience programme. This helps them to make an educated decision about joining the exciting, but demanding, culinary industry. Julia Whitby, a Grade 11 pupil, recently took up our offer. She now has an idea of the behind-the-scenes work and was thrilled with all she learned. Her words succinctly convey her feelings:
It was an honour to have been asked to submit recipes for The Great South African Cook Book (Quivertree Publications) that showcases 67 chefs, cooks and bakers who contribute to our country’s diverse and creative culinary industry.
Georg Lens’ mother, Cindy, was responsible for all the sign writing at the school. I suggest you commission her/WALLCANDY for any wallpaper, painting and design requirements you may have. Georg too came to the school’s first open day but I believe his idea of becoming a chef was cemented after he attended a Teens Cooking Class.
Costas Christodoulou signed up a week before we opened this year. We often laugh about how busy he kept me those last few days before school started. Costas had considered doing a culinary course when he finished school, a few years ago. He, however, completed a Bachelor of Business Administration and Advanced Certificate in Professional Photography courses before committing himself to becoming a chef.
Cheri Kustner was the first student that I accepted for this year’s intake. I remember her coming to the school’s first open day, when the last group of students were still here and I knew from that moment that she was going to excel - her enthusiasm was tangible.
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Imagine achieving third place in the world. Well, with help and encouragement from many enthusiastic folk, the Gourmand Awards jury judged Baking with Jackie Cameron (Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa), the best pastry/baking cookbook in the world. And that was in a competition considered the Oscars of the food industry. I’m sure you will understand that I am thrilled beyond words.
Do you have a passion for cooking, wanting to pursue a career as a Chef? Why don’t you come and sit in on normal day lectures, this may be theory-based or practical depending on what day is available to you.