Hilmar Jooste

Professional Cookery Lecturer

Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.–Elbert Hubbard.

Hilmar completed his Diploma in Food and Wine at Prue Leith College of Food and Wine in 2000.  His exciting career commenced soon after graduation when he left South Africa temporarily to work in Boca Raton in Florida.  He eventually returned to South Africa and gained valuable experience at various five star establishments including Kievits Kroon, Lodge Ronda, Sandton Sun and Towers Intercontinental, and the Sheraton Pretoria as Sous Chef.  He also held the position of Executive Chef of L’Aquila Venue, Conference Centre and Hydro Spa.  It was also during his employment at Sheraton Pretoria, that he was one of ten finalists in the SACA (South African Chefs Association) Chef of the Year Gauteng competition.

Highlights in his career include being part of the team that catered for the Nelson Mandela Children Fund’s annual Peace and Unity Table in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Hilmar is married to his lifetime sweetheart, Katrin, a tax consultant, whom he met in Grade 1.  The couple has two children, Carmen and Nieke.  The family enjoys the outdoors and spend most of their free time hiking, fishing and picnicking somewhere far away from the noisy city.

Being a passionate, people orientated person with lots of energy and enthusiasm, paired with the perfect industry experience, makes Hilmar a wonderful asset to Team CHS and ultimately our young chefs-to-be-students.


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