A recent television advertisement had as its logo: ‘They taste so good ‘coz they eat so good!’ Quite clearly grammatically incorrect etc but the message stays with you! The same could be said about the culinary quality in the Nelspruit/Mbombela region.
There are many excellent places to eat out in and around Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. Those who enjoy eating out and like to have many options, are going to feel it in their pockets – if they are tempted to try them all. The reason for this variety of expertise could be owing to the chef training colleges in this region.
Not many places can boast more than two culinary colleges where cooks are turned into chefs with the possibility of working abroad, in the smartest hotels or restaurants. On such a training college is the CHS TRAINING ACADEMY, situated at the Protea Hotel Malaga on the banks of the Elands River, foothills of the Drakensberg in Waterval Boven – 50km from Nelspruit.
Young people, male or female, who have obtained their Grade 12 certificate and have a passion to be creative in a kitchen, can contact any of the Learner Advisors about learning programmes, campuses and accommodation options by calling a number at the main campus in Pretoria: 012 430 5539.
The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
The Olive Chef School is another Training Institution for aspiring chefs. Owner and principal, Chef Rinette Enslin, had 25 years of extensive experience and has worked both nationally and Internationally under acclaimed chefs.
Accompanied by a professional team, the school offers an International Certificate, a Diploma or and Advanced Diploma in the Classical Culinary Art Training. Also offered is Practical Competence in the management of kitchens and food preparation.
The instruction modules provide skills for handling the often stressful, yet rewarding atmosphere in the modern kitchen. Culinary Education is offered for:
Chef de Partie, Sous-Chef, Head-Chef, Executive-Chef, Pastry-Chef, Bakery Manager, Test-Kitchen Manager, Stock Controller, Food Stylist, Kitchen Manager, Food & Beverage Manager, Trainers, Lecturers, Guest-House Operators and many more.
After completing the selected course, the world is the oyster with an almost infinite number of industry-related employment opportunities for Accomplished Graduates. Intake is limited to 24 students per year.
The institution has more than eight years of international accreditation, valid in over 120 countries. A fine selection of partners include:
- Sabi-Sabi Bush Lodge - The Flagship of Sabi-Sabi,
- Sabi-Sabi Earth Lodge - one of World's Ultra-Luxurious Lodges.
- Oliver's 5-star Hotel in White-River.
- Marine 5-star Hotel in Hermanus
- Delaire-Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.
- Sirocco Restaurant in Knysna.
- The Dry-dock Food Company - Restaurant & Cafe in Knysna
For more information or registration call 083 264 2664 or 051 436 0695. Email address
firstname.lastname@example.org. As a footnote: chefs from this school have successfully been placed with the Hilton Hotel in Perth (a pastry chef) and in London with famous chef Gordon Ramsey.