The graduation ceremony of the National Youth Chef Training Programme (NYCTP) which is offered by Warwick’s Chef School in Hermanus, took place on 13 November in Cape Town. In 2017, 14 students from the Overstrand enrolled for this programme and completed their International Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation & Cooking. Of this group, 13 continued with their second year of training and graduated on the 13th with an International Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Arts.

At the back, from left, are Vanessa Joseph, Bulelani Mhlonyane, Mathew Webster, Abongile Mafevuka, Amber Ambros, Thorne Reid, Chan-Morgan Booysen, Luzuko Madyibi, Markwill Miggel, and Antian Ambros. In front, from left: Asanda Sidelo, Sumien Warwick, Kevin Warwick (principal), Moiyzll Baatjies (sous chef at Arabella Hotel), Annabell Kapot (lecturer), and Asipe Siziba.

Warwick’s Chef School is very proud of these students and special congratulations go to the top student in Hermanus for the Diploma Level, Amber Ambros. A total of 534 students across all the provinces graduated from the programme this year. Students will now continue with their third year of training, with the focus on patisserie.

The NYCTP is coordinated by the South African Chefs Association for the Department of Tourism. In the Overstrand, chef Kevin Warwick works together with local hotels and restaurants where students are placed to gain industry experience during their practical training. This programme is aimed at unemployed youth and has a great success rate, with graduates going on to work as qualified chefs in the hospitality industry, both nationally and abroad. Congratulations to The Marine Hotel which was awarded the best industry training venue for 2018/2019.

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