City and Guilds Skilled Students Challenge – a close shave!

The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy is exceptionally proud of second year Professional Cookery student Stephen Coetzee, accompanied by Chef Wesley Cameron, who represented CHS at the 2012 City and Guilds Skills Challenge that took place in Cape Town at Hostex at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 to 17 May. Out of approximately thirty entries from all over South Africa, CHS was one of four finalists that made the cut.

Each year registered City and Guilds and SACA training providers are invited to enter for the challenge and the finalists have to proof there skills and knowledge of the Culinary Industry over three days. Challenges ranged from basic knife skills, portioning and de-boning rabbit to removing fillets from carcasses.  All of that is much easier said than done – especially when the experienced judges scrutinize every action with a magnifier!

Sweating it out over three days was a stressful experience for all participants, but they enjoyed the event tremendously. The four competitors were CHS, HTA, Capsicum Cape Town and A Thousand Hills Hotel School. HTA, our sister company took the honours this year. Well done to them!  The judges were Peter Robertson (Executive Chef of the CITCC); Henrik Johsson (UniversityofJohannesburg); James Khoza (Sandton Sun); Nicholas Froneman (Palace of theLostCity). The Judges Convener was Jodi Ann Pearton.


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