Aspiring ‘top chef’ wins R100,000 scholarship

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It’s a dream come true for Lusanda Mafanya, who won a R100,000 scholarship from the new campus of the international hotel school in Gqeberha, during a tense and exciting cooking weekend.

After entering through Algoa FM, he competed against 9 other aspiring chefs who all qualified for a R30,000 scholarship for their culinary studies.

The 23-year-old enrolled at Pearson High School in 2016 and lives in Forest Hill, Gqeberha.

“This scholarship means that a long-held passion and dream is finally becoming a reality,” Mafanya said enthusiastically.

“I would say that I first learned to cook by spending time in the kitchen watching my mother and grandmother cook when I was a child. Seeing how much love and joy in this kitchen and that’s where my passion for it comes from.

“This opportunity will open up so many new and exciting opportunities and experiences that will stay with me forever.
Being a chef, and a great chef, means everything to me,” he added.

“We are very pleased to be at Gqeberha, to bring a world-class hospitality business and culinary education to the Eastern Cape,” said John Creighton, Principal of International Hotel School, a proud part of Sommet Education, based in Switzerland.

“We looked for the right opportunity and found the ideal location in Gqeberha. The first promotion will start classes on March 7, 2022.

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the general public and the hospitality industry in the greater Gqeberha area,” Creighton said.

The second runner-up was Ronaldo Roos, 20, from Jeffrey’s Bay, who enrolled at Oosterland High School.

The third runner-up was Wade Robert, 24, from Blue Water Bay. He attended Elsen Academy and enrolled in 2007.

For the cooking competition, they were challenged to produce a winning gourmet burger cooked from scratch.
“Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients. We look forward to seeing you and all of our students on campus in March,” adds Creighton.

The scholarships were offered in partnership with Algoa FM, which ran an online competition asking participants to provide reasons why they should qualify for a culinary scholarship.

International hotel school programs are designed to ensure that graduates are ready to work.

Algoa FM has partnered with the International Hotel School in this campaign to encourage young people to continue their education in hospitality.

“Education is also a mainstay of our corporate social investment sub-brand, Algoa Cares,” said Lesley Geyer, Chief Marketing Officer of Algoa FM.

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