Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine students achieved six of six possible distinctions in the year-end examinations awarded by City & Guilds of London. And this in the school's first year.
External verifier Noeline Dunn was impressed with the value-for-money training Cameron's pupils received. In fact the results achieved in the six-hour international exam had all the examiners in awe.
"It's a privilege to have been part of this inaugural year," concluded Dunn.
Farm visits and other excursions included in the curriculum offer the students at Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine multi-dimensional, holistic training, and this was revealed in the work they produced.
Cameron's internal moderator, Fatima Stanley was equally impressed.
To the students she said: "Your parents must be so proud of you. You are getting more than a qualification here. Jackie has exposed you to an unbelievable wealth of knowledge. You have participated in numerous out-of-kitchen experiences and enjoyed exposure in magazines and social media yet you have still managed to get through the curriculum."
Cameron's aim was to develop well-rounded students with an understanding of the industry, an eye for detail and a finger on the pulse. She, however, admits to dreaming that, one day, the school's students would reach distinction level; so this accolade was another dream come true.
Her first was the culmination of 15 years of thinking, planning and developing a school of food and wine which opened in April this year.
"My undertaking is to prepare students for the culinary arts," she explained. "The correct attitude together with confidence, not arrogance, is hugely important to me. I want to see the school's students staying in the industry, remembering there are many facets to the world of food. Leading by example, striving to be better every day, wanting to impress and being competitive is what gets one ahead."
The students have many tasks to accomplish before their graduation in October 2016. It's a journey worth following.
For an appointment to visit Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine on Old Howick Road in Hilton, phone: 033 343 1784 / 072 241 8421 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on the school visit: www.jackiecameron.co.za
"I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to my school one day soon." - Jackie Cameron