Introducing Andiswa Mqadlana - Class of 2017

Andiswa Mqadlana - Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine

Jackie Cameron
Soon after our first intake of students graduated, I met Pinetown resident, Andiswa Mqedlana. She told me her introduction to the school was through a career expo at Kearsney College, back in 2014. The following year she was successful in her interview for the 2017 18-month course.
— Jackie Cameron

Andiswa helped at the school whenever we needed an extra pair of hands. She understood the value of gaining worthwhile experience from private functions. With the long hours demanded of the industry, I often wondered whether she still wanted to do the course, but the longer the hours, the harder we worked together and her interest never faded. Andiswa’s unwavering support, accepting attitude, always showing up and her need to improve led me to put her name forward for our Most Promising Student for the 2017/2018 award.

Andiswa chose to share her Chakalaka recipe. It’s one of her favourite dishes because “it’s simple yet delicious”. She started making it at a young age and, over the years, experimentation with flavours has changed her original recipe. Sometimes it was too spicy, other times too hot. She knew she needed balance - mixed spice and coconut delivered a spicy sweetness.

Andiswa Mqadlana's Chakalaka

  1. What inspired you to enroll at Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine?
    Chef Jackie, herself.
  2. What are you hoping to achieve there?
    The best experience because I’m learning from the best.
  3. What do you hope to give of yourself?
    My ultimate best – to be ambitious and to go for every opportunity offered.
  4. What is your long-term goal?
    To work in a top restaurant and then to open a deli/breakfast place.
  5. In how many years do you hope to achieve this?
  6. Who is your favourite international “foodie”?
    Nigella Lawson.
  7. If food had a personality, which dish would be most like you – and why?
  8. Where were you born and raised?
    Born in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal and raised in Durban.
  9. Apart from food what hobbies do you enjoy?
    Movies; eating out.
  10. What dish do you find least inspiring and why?
    Chicken a’la King. I think because when I was at boarding school it was made so badly.

Enjoy trying this recipe and please keep up to date with the students’ progress. Here is to each of them reaching greater heights than they ever thought possible.

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