Nthabeleng Meso who hails from Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, and currently works as a commis chef at the acclaimed restaurant, The Greenhouse, in Constantia, Cape Town, will soon be fulfilling a lifelong dream and jetting off to Switzerland to further her studies towards a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts.
Meso, 35, a student of the Capsicum Culinary School in Cape Town, joined The Greenhouse team as part of Capsicum’s trainee programme, but both executive chef Pete Templehoff and head chef, Ashley Moss, were so impressed with her talent and drive, that they offered Meso full time employment.
Says Meso: “While I have completed my training hours, I still need to write my final City and Guild’s exams at Capsicum to fully complete my Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking to be a qualified chef.
“That will be sometime in June; and then in early October I head off to the Culinary Arts Academy at the Le Bouveret campus on the shores of Lake Geneva.”
Meso is excited to be studying in Europe and says she will also spend some time travelling around the continent to experience the different foods, various cultures and other ways of cooking.
“I will also use the opportunity to share and educate European chefs about my own country’s food culture,” she says.
Meso’s ultimate goal is to open and run her own restaurant, using home-grown ingredients, and then to host a regular table with an array of food loving guests who appreciate and adore a fine culinary experience.
Dreams sometimes do come true, so watch this space as South Africans are very likely to hear a lot more about this talented chef in the coming years.