With the launch of the Mount Nelson Reaching for Young Stars 2023 and our skillshare forum on Tuesday 28th March we are excited to provide an array of esteemed industry professionals who can share valuable insights and raise the bar for the Young Stars.

Wendy Coetzee, our dynamic MC, will introduce students to the full day of superb speakers in addition she will share the amazing opportunities and prizes in store!

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will announce the prize to fast track our young winning entrepreneurs in their chosen field to achieve their goal of starting their own business!

Five top Chefs will receive a once-in-a-lifetime offer – a five-month stay and superb working experience in CAPE COD, Massachusetts at  Winslow’s Tavern, a top heritage restaurant in a historic Federalist building in scenic Wellfleet with Chef Patrons Phillip & Tracey Hunt. With 170 seats, this acclaimed restaurant boasts a talented international brigade of chefs who thrive on collaboration, camaraderie, fast pace, and high volume – all while creating a signature all-American seasonal menu that is heavily influenced by coastal cuisines.

The ’Ultimate Lancewood Young Star Pastry Chef of the Year’ is invited to experience a three-months internship in France, the home of fine patisserie at the exquisite Château de la Creuzette in Boussac with hosts Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier and DeVerra Auret. A ravishing prize where the winner will continue to broaden their culinary skills and at the same time absorb incomparable French flair. 

Flights courtesy of Lancewood with a generous cash prize to assist with travel!

KitchenAid Artisan Mixers, Gadgets & Utensils, Ceramics, Bakeware and much, much more are gifted annually for all the winners from remarkable Dr Susanne Reuther of KitchenAid Africa, a generous sponsor since inception in 2008. We warmly applaud her belief in the Young Stars and what the initiative stands for. Her generosity has brought a great deal of joy and possibilities of creating yet another livelihood for these young people on their way up the ladder.   

Highly desirable and stunning prizes from Steve Ashley of AL&CD Ashley, one of the most visionary and inspired companies in the hospitality spectrum. Their prizes include SCANPAN who lead the way in innovation and technology, the finest of hand crafted Global Knives, beautifully designed Brabantia, Avanti, Severin and Joseph Joseph – the list goes on – practical, innovative products, superbly crafted using cutting edge technology that our candidates are able to test their culinary prowess with and a joy to use.

Didactix offers the ScanPan Excellent Kitchen Practice winners a one-day training programme and on-line examination to achieve the international certificate in the Highfield Qualification Level 2 Award in Food Safety & Catering.

This qualification is listed on the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency as a recognised Food Safety qualification to be able to work on ships and yachts. The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 determines that all catering crew must have a recognised Food Safety qualification. Besides a valuable qualification to have should aspiring chef want to work on cruise ships and superyachts, the Highfield qualification is a Ofqual regulated qualification and is recognised in many countries. The UK and EU countries require that chefs who want to work in their countries, must have a recognised Food Safety qualification. 

Cash, vouchers and more to be announced at the Awards on 22nd June from Avanti Coffee SA, ClemenGold®, Denny Mushrooms, Früt SA, Hartlief Continental Meat Products a division of Ohlthaver & List Group, Rio Largo Olive Oil and WWF.

Gifts from Cruxland Gin, Beyerskloof, Ernie Els Wines, Kleine Zalze, KWV Brandy, KWV Wines, La Motte, Neethlingshof, Simonsig, Stellenzicht Wines, The Pinotage Association and Van Loveren Family Vineyards.

Books for life from Penguin Random House and the last word in delectable prizes, Von Geusau Chocolates. 

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