Meet The Young Star Pastry Chefs & Bakers 2023

Our young star pastry chefs are looking forward to presenting their Red Velvet Cakes using Früt SA and their Lancewood ClemenGold desserts which they will be pairing with their choice wines while our bakers master the art of sourdough, brioche and barley bread made with Bio-Wheat Flour leading up to the Cook-Off and service presentation in May.

Enjoy finding out where they see themselves in five years and who their role models are.

PASTRY CHEF MICHELLE WIEHAHN, 21
The Hurst Campus & Beyerskloof

“Passionate, hardworking person with a love for everything in the kitchen. I would love to be the owner of a small bakery and treating people daily.

I have various role models, each with different characteristics I find inspiring: Chef Bertus Basson and Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen”
 
Baking for Profit & Pleasure by Christine Capendale

PASTRY CHEF & BAKER NOLENE SWART, 29
Superyacht Training Academy & Ernie Els

“I would describe myself as positive person and hard working. In five years I would like to have my own successful bakery.”

The Bible 

PASTRY CHEF BERNICE BITSOANE, 21
Capsicum Culinary Studio & KWV Wines

“Dedicated to the industry and I pay attention to detail. I would like to have my own pastry business and travel the world exploring the different cuisines of the world. 

Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White They have proved that you do not have to use expensive ingredients to make good food.” 

Simply Seven Colours by Zola Nene

PASTRY CHEF SHAGAN FOUTEN, 22
I Love Coffee Training Academy & Stellenzicht Wines

“I am a very determined, hardworking and loving person. I’d like to be a well known Pastry Chef who bakes wedding, birthday and baby shower cakes.

Buddy Valastro He is a determined hard worker. He inspires me to be a better chef.”  

Thrive by Nicci Robertson, published by Penguin Random House  

PASTRY CHEF & BAKER DANIELLE DAVENHILL, 21
False Bay TVET College & Neethlingshof

“A caring, helpful and dedicated person, passionate about food and enjoys experimenting with dishes. My aim is to be a well recognised pastry chef. My dream is to open a café.

Nigella Lawson I have always enjoyed watching her cooking shows and midnight snackers, her passion for food inspires me.

Siba Mtongana is my favourite South African Chef.”   

PASTRY CHEF PRISCILLA MAZIBUKO, 23
Cooktastic & Kleine Zalze

“I’m a hardworking and driven individual that isn’t afraid to face a challenge given at hand. I see myself striving to become the best Pastry Chef and saving up to start my own pastry business. 

My Mother She inspires me to be the best of myself. 
Chef Fabien and Chef Serena They are exceptional hardworking chefs.”

Stronger Than The Storm by Lutz Van Dijk  

PASTRY CHEF JOSHUA ROBINSON, 21
Chefs Training & Innovation Academy (CTIA) & Van Loveren Wines

“I’m vibrant and energetic with a passion for life. I would like to be working in a confectionery bakery in France in the next five years.

My Parents They taught me from a young age that doing what you love is the most important thing in the world.” 

The Principal of the Path by Andy Stanley

PASTRY CHEF HANNAH WILLIAMS, 19
International Hotel School & Simonsig

“I am a very helpful, dedicated and always willing to learn new things. I see myself owning my own bakery, travelling and learning new techniques, and improving my skills.

My Chef Lecturer Mikhael Snayer He taught me a lot and really always motivates me to think out of my comfort zone.” 

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

BAKER INGE ESTERHUIZEN, 21
The Hurst Campus & Beyerskloof

“I’m someone who is deeply invested in everything I do and produce as an individual and a teammate. I would like to be part of a test kitchen developing recipes and products. 

My role models include my mother and grandmother. They are very career driven power women who successfully looked after their families whilst advancing their careers. They taught me to never settle for less and push myself above and beyond.”

The Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams 

BAKER RA-EESA VAN DER SCHYFF, 21
Capsicum Culinary Studio

“Interested in making, doing and being the best. Running my own patisserie. 

My Dad is my role model.”

Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft, 3rd Edition by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and published by Wiley

BAKER SIPHINDLE MBOZA, 30
I Love Coffee Training Academy

“I am a talkative person with a good heart. I always make sure that our customers are always happy. In the next five years, I see myself as a manager. 

Mrs Winnie Mandela She was the first woman who for justice.”

Thrive by Nicci Robertson, published by Penguin Random House

BAKER NTSIKELELO SAM, 20
Cooktastic

“I’m ambitious, passionate and goal driven individual who likes exploring new heights especially when it comes to food science. In five years, I would like to see myself as a bakery owner and traveling the world, learning and exploring all the different types of cuisines.

Gordon Ramsay and Buddy Valastro as they are world renown and do best at what they do when it comes to food and baking, earning them respect in the industry.”

My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics by Paul Hollywood. 

BAKER KGOTHALLO MAGANWE, 21
Chefs Training & Innovation Academy (CTIA)

“I’m good with pressure and very resilient and good with ideas. I will do anything to make it and succeed. In the next five years, I would like to be working on cruise ships with catering and hotel experience.

My Grandmother She is the one who taught me how to bake. Tokologo The Catering Bae She is a catering chef based in Johannesburg who does beautiful work, and I would love to work with her one day.” 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 

BAKER STUART MARINUS, 31
International Hotel School  

“I’m a hardworker, eager to learn new knowledge, skills and work with others. Travelling the world learning new ways to cook food. 

Chef Mikhael Always pushing me to go for my goals.”

I love watching videos on making all kinds of bread.

PASTRY CHEF PUSELETSO NDLELA, 23
Cape Town Hotel School, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology & La Motte

“I would like to work internationally and build a name for myself and hopefully come back and start my own restaurant. I wold name it after my mother because she is my inspiration. 

Heston Marc Blumenthal I think he is a genius. Just when you think he has done it all, he surprises you with something even more incredible.
My Parents They are the hardest working people I know.  

A Million Little Pieces by James Fray  

Sisanda Mtekwana (Barista), Puseletso Ndlela (Pastry Chef), Chuma Cetywayo (Hot Chef), Thema Maleka (Baker) and Shadia Mama (Beverage) Cape Town Hotel School, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology | #WeAreCPUT 

BAKER THEMA MALEKA, 20
Cape Town Hotel School, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

‘I am a bubbly person who loves going out with friends and exploring new places. I would like to see myself working in New York because it has always been my dream to work there since my high school years.

Lebogang Tlokana who goes by the name “the funny chef”. She used to live in my neighbourhood in Pretoria and I have watched her grow to achieve all that she has been wishing for. She started by making funny videos on Instagram and later became famous for her chef skills.

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