Meet the Beverage & Barista Candidates ~ Cape Grace Reaching for Young Stars 2024

Behind every perfectly crafted beverage lies a blend of precision, artistry, and innovation. As baristas and beverage artisans, you don’t just serve drinks; you create experiences, elevating moments with every pour and every sip.

Beverage & Barista DUMISA MAPONGWANA, 26

“I am a hardworking and driven individual who isn’t afraid to face challenges. 
In the next five years, I’d like to have my own coffee shop so I can showcase my skills.
I’m inspired by Siba Mtongana and Mmabatho Molefe. They are very successful business owners, owning well-known restaurants in the Mother City, and they are very creative chefs.
I’m reading 📖 ‘Nothing but the Truth’ by John Kani.”

Beverage & Barista BONGANI ZAZAZA, 24
Superyacht Culinary Academy 

“I am dedicated, loyal, hardworking, and outspoken.
I would like to open a coffee shop and bar.
Cristiano Ronaldo is my inspiration; he is hardworking.
I’m reading 📖 ‘Stoicism: A Guide To Stoic Philosophy For Beginners; Learn How To Achieve Modern Life Happiness With Ancient Wisdom’ by Sharon Nash.”

Cape Town Hotel School, part of the Faculty of Business Management Sciences of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, CPUT

I am optimistic about pursuing a career in hospitality in Monaco. 
My role model is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, record producer and amateur boxer. He is the only South African artist to fill up different stadiums.
I’m reading 📖 ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ by Robert Greene.

Barista ANATHI TAPUKO, 21 
Cape Town Hotel School, part of the Faculty of Business Management Sciences of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, CPUT

“I am an adventurous person.
In the next five years, I would like to hold a higher position, perhaps managing a restaurant or serving as a General Manager at a 5-star hotel.
My mother is my role model; she always strives to work hard for what she wants, ensuring she either attains it or achieves a specific goal.”

False Bay TVET College

“I am a very hardworking, committed, and friendly person.
In the next five years, I would like to work in the front of house on a cruise liner.
One of my role models is Sol Kerzner. I admire the influence he has on the hospitality industry and hope to one day do the same.
I’m reading 📖 ‘The Extra One Percent’ by Dr. Rob Yeung.”

False Bay TVET College

“Driven and soft by nature, I am very passionate about what I do.
I aspire to serve the best coffees on Royal Caribbean Cruises
I draw inspiration from Dritan Alsela, a famous barista from Germany. His passion for coffee fuels my own passion and artwork for coffee.
I’m reading 📖 ‘The Boy Who Never Gave Up: A Refugee’s Epic Journey’ by Emmanuel Taban.”

CTIA – Chefs Training & Innovation Academy

“Straightforward, kind, and hardworking.
I would like to have started planning my business.
Chef Wesley Aucamp. He was my first mentor in the industry and really taught me a lot.
I’m reading 📖 ‘Larousse Cookbook’.”

CTIA – Chefs Training & Innovation Academy

“Always strive to do better.
I would like to be a Sous Chef in the next five years.
Pierre Gagnaire – Exceptional – Do see 
I’m reading 📖 ‘The Blue Mansion: The Story of Mandarin Splendour Reborn’ by Lin Lee Loh-Lim.”

Beverage NICOLE BOLAND, 20 
International Hotel School

“I am a positivity-driven, creative dreamer with a drive to push my limits and challenge normal standards. 
In the next five years, I would like to have started my own events company, branching into weddings in Cape Town.
My role model is my sister because of her drive and dedication; she will do anything to achieve her goals. As well as Anna Nguyen, who advocates for cultural diversity and women in the bartending industry. However, I believe every day one should aspire to be their ideal role model.
I’m reading 📖 ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert T. Kiyosaki.”

International Hotel School

“I would describe myself as passionate.
In five years, I would like to be a Housekeeping Manager somewhere in Europe.
My dad is my role model. He is the hardest worker I know and always shows up, and my brother for never giving up. I’m reading 📖 ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki.”

Beverage & Barista MIVUYO SOMLOTA, 26 
Northlink TVET College Protea Campus 

“I am a very passionate, punctual, curious, and positive human being. 
In the next five years, I see myself working on a cruise ship, creating wonders, meeting amazing people, and fulfilling my dreams.
I admire Gordon Ramsay and Chef Carmen because they always inspire me to be a better person in the future. 
I’m reading 📖 ‘Sifo: The Cooking Husband by Sinoyolo Sifo’ published by Penguin Random House.”

Capsicum Culinary Studio

“I take my work and job very seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously and just enjoy myself. 
In the next five years, I would like to be working in as a Chef de Partie in a fine dining position. 
Keanu Reeves for his humility as well as Yuri Gagarin from the Soviet Union, the first human in space, for his courage and trust in what he was flying and himself. 
📖 I just finished Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.”

Barista ZOË VAN ZYL, 20 
Capsicum Culinary Studio 

“I am an inquisitive, open-minded person.
In the next five years, I would like to be the co-owner of a sustainable, vegan-friendly restaurant in Europe.
Nevada Fivaz, a family friend, came from a very difficult upbringing and now owns his own property company. He has taught me countless valuable skills in my life.
I’m reading 📖 “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” by Rick Rubin.”

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