Introducing Marlene Carvalho - Class of 2018


Marlene Carvalho

1. What inspired you to enrol at Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine?
I have always been passionate about food and I want to follow a future in the culinary industry.

2. What are you hoping to achieve here?
I am hoping to gain – and achieve – the personal, theoretic and practical skills needed to become a renowned chef; and to graduate with the necessary qualifications.

3. What do you hope to give of yourself?
I’ll give it my all because I have ‘missed the boat’ before and this is my last chance!

4. What is your long-term goal?
To work overseas, and in time to have my own eatery, specialising in French and Mauritian cuisine.

5. In how many years do you hope to achieve this?
Three years.

6. Who is your favourite international ‘foodie’?
Michel Roux jnr; Raymond Blanc; Shelina Permalloo winner of UK MasterChef 2012 using Mauritian cuisine.

7. If food had a personality, what dish would be most like you – and why?
Fresh, pan-fried kingklip or monkfish with an aubergine puree and a simple green salad, garnished with pink grapefruit segments. It’s a no-mess, no-fuss dish – rather like me.

8. Where were you born and raised?
Durban – but I have travelled extensively; all over the world.

9. Apart from food what hobbies do you enjoy?
Cinema, theatre, travel, collecting cookbooks (276 to date)

10. What dish do find least inspiring – and why?
Macaroni cheese. It can be quite bland and one-dimensional in flavour.