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2018-09-13 12:00 AMSharePoint Admin
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​Capsicum Culinary Studio – South Africa's leading culinary institute – will be holding a series of Capsicum Masterclasses for those wishing to learn new skills and extend their food repertoire with fun and social hands-on lessons.

 

These mouth-watering courses will be presented by Capsicum's own chefs and take place on Saturday mornings from September to November at five of the Capsicum campuses around the country, namely Boksburg, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

 

Saturday, September 15 from 09h00 to 12h00: Healthy Cuisine: Back to Nature which will take participants back to nature, shows participants how to prepare tasty meals that are good for both the family and the waistline! On the menu are beef and black bean stir fry and pavlova served with berries.
 

Saturday, October 13 from 09h00 to 12h00: Taco's come out of their shell – wonderful and easy-to-prepare Mexican delights.
 

Saturday, October 27 from 09h00 to 12h00: Artisan Bread with Pate and Terrines under the spotlight.
 

Saturday, November 10 from 09h00 to 12h00: Learn how to prepare a Feast from the Middle East.
 

Saturday, November 24 from 09h00 to 12h00: Coffee and chocolate pairing – a match made in heaven!
 

Participants will sit down after the course and enjoy the food they have prepared. Also included are the ingredients, refreshments and a complementary Capsicum apron. The cost is R490 a person per class. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Call 086 111 2433 or email chef@capsicumcooking.co.za for more information and bookings.

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2018-09-12 12:00 AMSharePoint Admin
SharePoint AdminIndividual Blog Page Rosebankhttp://capsicum.decisioninc.co.za/PublishingImages/Blog/Untitled.pngIn the SpotlightNo
​Awande Mabaso, a qualified pastry chef and chocolatier and passionate advocate for women's rights, works full-time as a lecturer at the Capsicum Culinary Studio in Rosebank, Johannesburg (the school also has campuses in Port Elizabeth, Boksburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban).

 

"Growing up and watching television, I always thought that the hospitality industry, particularly in the kitchen, was a male dominated environment. I was not wrong. You can almost smell the testosterone. However, I have never subscribed to the saying 'It's a man's world'. I was determined to find my place within the industry. The industry is not one that is easy for many women – from trying to climb your way up; not being overlooked because you are a woman and changing each workplace's view on workplace harassment. I must note, though, that there are quality men who believe in equality and I thank each of them for believing in me on my journey.

 

"Being a lecturer at Capsicum has meant that I can encourage other female students to find their place in the industry; find their voice and see themselves in positions where they can dominate the industry. Whether it be the head chef in a restaurant, on a cruise ship or being a successful entrepreneur in the culinary industry. Rome was not built in a day but it takes just one person to lift another one up to be better than they ever thought. This is something want to do for women within the hospitality industry.

 

"I am also an advocate for body positivity, mental health, equality for all and supporter of all survivors of abuse and assault. I make use of my Instagram @powerfulbodymind and my blog Powerful Body and Mind to champion these causes and let others know they are not alone- and can also still thrive in their lives."

 

What is it that drives you to succeed every day?

The idea of making an impact, however small, is what drives me to succeed. Success can be measured in so many different ways, so looking back at my day and seeing what is it that I have been able to achieve, keeps the feeling to succeed burning so much more.

 

What is your advice to those who want to enter the industry?

Be brave and be yourself. This industry is about discipline. However, it isn't an industry where you should change who you are. There are amazing and different personalities in the hospitality industry and that makes it beautiful. Also be brave with your work and be brave when situations feel like they can get the better of you. It's a tough industry for anyone and every part of the industry can test you.

 

What do you consider your biggest achievement?

In hospitality, it's been having the privilege to create beautiful products that have been sold in retail stores nationally. Knowing that I have contributed and had hundreds of people taste some of my creations is my biggest achievement. However, this may change. I am never satisfied and strive to achieve more each time.

 

What has been your biggest learning moment?

This is a tough one, because I have so many but if we are looking at the industry, I would say being ignorant about people and their cultures. I have worked in establishments that have 200 and more people. So I have had to learn to not offend people, being aware of my privilege I have had in life and embracing different people.

 

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your teenage self?

I would tell myself this "You are brave, you are strong, you are worthy". I would also tell myself that I am so much stronger mentally and emotionally and to stop self-doubting myself. Confidence is key!

 

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2018-09-12 12:00 AMSharePoint Admin
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Capsicum hosts a #MexicanMonday  with acclaimed Mexican Chef

Capsicum's Pretoria's campus played host to Mexican Chef, Alam Mendez Florian, on Monday. Chef Florian demonstrated his impressive set of culinary skills to top-achieving students at SA's leading culinary school.

The demonstration which consisted of magical flavours and spicy aroma, was held in preparation of the first edition of the prestigious Miss Latina South Africa competition, taking place in November this year.

Being his second day in the country, Chef Florian said that working with the Capsicum students was enjoyable and he really liked the country.

Ït is only my second day here. But I really like it," Chef Florian.

The students were also intrigued by the tricks and the Mexican dishes Chef Florian showed them.

Lorraine Ntleru who is in her second phase said, "It fits in nicely because our courses are internationally based. Our cuisines are French, so it's good to be exposed to international cultures and cuisines."

With a few Mexican dishes under their sleeve, the Capsicum Pretoria students are one step closer to cooking for Miss Latina SA.

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2018-09-12 12:00 AMSharePoint Admin
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A young man from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape is making his mark as a chef in one of the luxurious    hotels in Texas, US. Wandile Mabija, 24, who graduated from the Capsicum Culinary Studio, was excited to go overseas for the first time, at the same time sad to leave friends and family behind.




“When I first arrived in [Texas state capital] Austin, it was a bit challenging since I knew nothing about the place and how to go around. “I had to learn which bus to take to get to work. To be honest it was an exciting yet challenging experience. It was my first   time out of South   Africa, so this trip was everything I dreamt of,” said Mabija.




His dream to venture into the international community was made possible through the help of a travel agency. “It was tough to leave my family behind. I have two siblings Thando and Siphesihle – who both study in Port Elizabeth, as well as my dad Mxolisi and my mother Lindelwa. “But it was an opportunity too good to pass up.” Working at the Fairmont Austin Hotel cemented his passion for cooking...
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2018-04-12 12:00 AMSharePoint Admin
AdministratorIndividual Blog Page Boksburg/PublishingImages/General/SummaryBlogImage.jpgIn the Spotlight; Cooking Tips; Whats HotYes
‘Who knew my mom’s scone recipe would be my bread and butter’

Veronica Shezi, 43, lives in Bryanston with her husband Siphiwe and their four children. She owns Vero’s Cakes in Randburg. “I can’t imagine life without baking. I started when I was about 13, mainly making scones from my mom’s trusted recipe. People loved them, and I’d make dozens for friends, but I never charged anything; the idea that I could pursue a career in baking didn’t even occur to me.

After school, I did a diploma in analytical chemistry, and then IT, but once I started working full-time, I got bored very quickly. I was still baking scones as gifts, but in 2003, when a friend asked
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