To ensure students at Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine receive a holistic culinary education, Nicolette Hohls will be responsible for the French module on the school’s curriculum.
“I look forward to sharing my own experiences of French cuisine and culture while teaching the students aspects of French gastronomy and culinary vocabulary, en français, of course!” she says, clearly illustrating her enthusiasm for the task ahead.
Nicolette has travelled to France many times, immersing herself in the culture, food, wine, and people of this diverse and fascinating country; and she was one of five South African teachers awarded a bursary by the French government to attend a two week summer school at the University of Nantes in north-western France. Educators of French from schools and universities worldwide were there.
A graduate of the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, Nicolette’s BA Honours degree in French led to “a most fulfilling career”. She has been teaching French for 21 years, and this includes lecturing in the French department at the University of KZN, as well as teaching at Hilton College, Michaelhouse, St Anne’s DSG and The Wykeham Collegiate. She is currently a teacher at St John’s DSG.
Nicolette’s maternal grandfather, Fréderic DuCasse, was French so her love of all things French comes as no surprise.