Showcook’s Culinary Bridge: Connecting Aspiring Talent with Industry Leaders for Learning and Growth

Showcook continues its tradition of connecting young talent with industry professionals highlighting the competition’s role in providing a strong foundation for learning and personal development. Guest speakers, mentors and judges; celebrated Elsa Van Der Nest from Singapore, together with Lorraine Meaney Executive Pastry Chef of Cape Grace, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, part of Accor, Chef Kevin Reed, former ‘One&Only Reaching for Young Stars Most Promising Chef 2018’, now a TV celebrity and cooking up a storm in America at Cape Cod and award-winning Sommelier Jean Vincent Ridon of Sommeliers Academy.

The SA Chefs Association’s cooperation and interest in the event are appreciated, with future objectives including the participation of a major star pastry and hot kitchen chef in the SA Culinary Olympic Team.

The candidates, drawn from various academies, are fortunate to be partnered with prominent winemakers from Cape wine estates. These collaborations not only provide invaluable experience but also inspire students to consider a career in the wine industry.

The participating academies and their respective wine estate partners are as follows:
Cape Town Hotel School, part of the Faculty of Business Management Sciences of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), partnered with Van Loveren Family Vineyards
Capsicum Culinary Studio, partnered with Anthonij Rupert Wyne
Chefs Training & Innovation Academy (CTIA), partnered with Neethlingshof Estate
Cooktastic, partnered with KWV Wines
False Bay TVET College, partnered with Simonsig Wine Estate
International Hotel School, partnered with Kleine Zalze Wine Estate
Northlink TVET College, partnered with Sutherland Vineyards
Superyacht Culinary Academy, partnered with Stellenzicht Wines

These dynamic partnerships reflect the commitment of both the culinary academies and the esteemed wine estates to foster collaboration and provide a platform for the next generation of culinary leaders.

As the Cape Grace Reaching for Young Stars unfolds, it promises to be a captivating journey of talent, innovation, and sustainability, contributing to the continued growth of the Western Cape’s culinary landscape.

This year’s edition of the Cape Grace Reaching for Young Stars is made possible through the generous contributions of top-tier local suppliers, whose dedication to providing quality ingredients play a pivotal role in the competition’s success.

The various upcoming workshops will no doubt highlight the collaborative spirit of this initiative with Avanti Coffee, Bio-Wheat, ClemenGold®, Denny Mushrooms, Früt SA, Imagin Gin, KWV Brandy, Lancewood, Lurpak Butter, Rio Largo Olive Oil, and the newly launched Namibian Lamb Bacon and Chorizo by Hartlief Continental Meat Products and Farmer’s Meat Market, a division of Ohlthaver & List Group.

An extensive program has been designed to introduce motivational and inspirational guest speakers at the launch workshop hosted by CHEFS TRAINING & INNOVATION ACADEMY, CTIA, Stellenbosch Campus. Covering a diverse range of subjects spanning communication, nutrition, kitchen hygiene, and more, this comprehensive initiative aims to enhance candidates’ overall knowledge in various critical aspects essential for their professional growth. Topics such as zero waste and the reduction of single-use plastics will be explored, aligning with our commitment to fostering a holistic and sustainable approach to culinary education.

See Programme here…

Accor is a French multinational hospitality company that owns, manages and franchises hotels, resorts and vacation properties. It is the largest hospitality company in Europe, and the sixth largest hospitality company worldwide. Accor operates in 5,445 locations in over 110 countries.

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