Introducing Rai-Teree Das - Class of 2015

 Jackie Cameron
Introducing Rai-Teree Das... Class of 2015 at the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine.
— Jackie Cameron

What inspired you to enroll at Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine?

For me, food is a passion as well as a lifestyle. Chef Jackie Cameron is a fantastic mentor for me as she is a female chef in this industry and surely will equip me for what I would like to achieve in the future and as an aspiring chef.

What are you hoping to achieve there?

I am hoping to become successful in perfecting everything that I am taught during these 18 months. I am striving for nothing less than the best.

Rai Teree

What do you hope to give of yourself?

Everything… I intend on giving it 100% of my time, dedication, passion and focus.

What is your long-term goal?

My long term goal is to become one of the best chefs in South Africa. The same way female chefs have inspired me, I would love to inspire others.

In how many years do you hope to achieve this?

In the next eight to ten years.

Who is your favourite international ‘foodie’?

I love Inna Garten (Barefoot Contessa).

If food had a personality, what dish would be most like you – and why?

Ginger - I look tough, and first impressions of me could be that I take life too seriously and that there is not too much to my personality; but once the surface is peeled depth is revealed. Although I am complex person, I can be very sweet and aromatic in personality.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Apart from food what hobbies do you enjoy?

 I love sleeping! I have probably chosen the wrong career path as I understand I will be deprived of it in this industry.

What dish do find least inspiring – and why?

There isn't any dish I find least inspiring. I believe everything has an inspiration behind it especially those that were made with love and passion.