My best memory as a student was receiving my diplomas with the word DISTINCTION on them – I knew I had found my calling. The most important thing I learned was to clean as you work – it really helps when you’re working in private homes.
I’ve gained a lot of experience working for caterers in Cape Town; and I have regular clients for my private Chef business, The Food Crew, which keeps growing and opening new doors for me. I also blog on my website thefoodcrew.co.za.
Receiving compliments when people enjoy my food really inspires me. I love it that I can control what goes into a dish, for health and flavour reasons.
Furthermore, I’ve recently started teaching domestic workers in private homes, I would love to teach more, it’s very rewarding – but in small group practical classes. I would also like to continue learning from more experienced Chefs – you can never know enough or master enough skills. And of course, I’d like to be more focused on my food blog, eventually being able to travel the world and learn and write.
My advice to young Chefs is: Be respectful to everyone! Find your niche in this vast industry, and do it as best as you can. Also, be as organised and professional as you can.