It feels only a short while ago that I announced the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine students’ pop-up B.RUNCH concept. If you have missed this experience, pop in over the weekend because it will be our last for the year. This month I’m introducing Michelle Engelbrecht – an unabashed chocoholic.
The Wonderbag Founder has teamed up with two other influential and leading ladies in their own respective fields – Jackie Cameron and Carolyn ‘Coo’ Hancock as part of the Coalition of Action to implement this life-changing programme. Feeding The Future aims to bring about real change for impoverished communities living in vulnerable and under serviced communities and combines catalysts for a better livelihood with the relevant support.
Hard work sets 15-year-old dream in motion. Jackie Cameron realised her dream to tutor aspiring chefs when her school of food and wine - based in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal - welcomed its first intake in April 2015.
Here you may meet Zandy Armstrong, one of this year’s aspiring chefs. Zandy grew up in North West Province.
“As a child - ‘reared’ on a farm - I have fond memories of my mom’s friend Liana whose home-cooked venison pie left a lasting impression,” Zandy recalls. “Today, this recipe still evokes happy times with our extended family sitting around the fireplace, on chilly winter days. The dish is special to me because it was a catalyst for bringing people together.”
Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine will host the Spanish Festival of Food that – apart from a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment - provides a worthwhile opportunity for local cooks to enter the Perfect Paella Prize.
The highly anticipated annual Hilton Arts Festival takes place this weekend at Hilton College and Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine will be there! Join us at Crookes Block for all your culinary delights.
Twenty-five international distinctions from the students who graduated earlier this month was a remarkable feat - an achievement the current, #20182019 intake has taken on as a challenge. Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine’s aspiring-chefs’ examinations are marked in London and the results are awarded by City&Guilds, London.
Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine feels blessed to have found Nkululeko Mlotshwa through the TASTE & Eat Out Bursary Award, the winner of this award for 2018. We are excited to see the entrants for this year.
It has been inspiring to witness this shy, young man blossom. I have often overheard comments such as: “Angelo is such a gentleman - we need more men like him”. Seriously fired up on this course, Angelo’s contribution is always 100 per cent. He is motivated and enthusiastic to tackle anything thrown his way. He volunteers to work at every function – wanting to make the most of every experience.
May will see the opening of Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine’s ‘The School Outlet’. This is a venture between Jackie Cameron and Kate Cousins. Chef Kate was the school’s first intake’s top practical student. She graduated in 2016 with top marks for the final practical dinner and in-service placement - and took Deltrade Top Patisserie Practical Chef Award.
From all reports, the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine #20172018 students are doing us proud in the industry. And, I can confirm that the #20182019 intake is getting stuck into the course material with great enthusiasm. We are all learning and growing.
The Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine #20172018 students are well into the practical placement segment of our curriculum, and the #20182019 are progressing through the course material proficiently, and in good time.
Every month we will showcase different wine estates. The students will pair bite-size tastings for the various cultivars being presented, and we’ll ask you to comment on the snacks and how well they pair with the respective wines.