Mpumalanga Schools’ Hospitality Studies: Young Chef Competition 2016

The Mpumalanga Schools’ Hospitality Studies competition took place 11-15 July 2016 at the Protea Hotel Malaga, close to Waterval Boven in the Mpumalanga province.

About the competition

This is the second year in which the competition was conducted in partnership with the Fortis Hotel Group and the Department of Education.  A staggering number of 58 learners enrolled for the competition this year in the three categories.  A group of 10 finalists were selected for the Advanced Cookery category and the Siyaya category respectively.  There was also 15 learners who took part in the Management category which was introduced this year.

The week consisted of tutorials/workshops, guest speakers and competitions which focused on the hospitality industry.  Learners and teachers from the different schools participated in fun activities and were provided with the opportunity to interact with hospitality trainers and professionals.

The cookery categories participated in a mystery basket competition consisting of a protein (chicken) and a salad as the first course.  The second course was a dessert item consisting of Choux-pastry or a selection of desserts (Poached Pear and Shortbread or Custard tartlet for the Siyaya category).

Prizes for the categories

All the finalists (excluding the three winners) have qualified for the one-year Orientation contract with the Fortis Hotels Group, consisting of the following hotels:

  • Protea Hotel Witbank,
  • Protea Hotel Highveld in Witbank,
  • Protea Hotel Capital and Protea Manor Hotel in Pretoria,
  • Protea Hotel Hunters Rest in Rustenburg, and
  • Protea Hotel Malaga in Waterval Boven to the value of R60 000 each.

The overall winner of the Hospitality Management category will be awarded a two-year full-time course in Hospitality Management, including international diplomas, sponsored by CHS Training Academy to the value of R130 000.00.

The overall winner of the Young Chefs Advanced category will be awarded with a two-year full-time course in Professional Cookery sponsored by CHS Training Academy to the value of R140 000.00.

The overall winner of the Young Chefs Siyaya category will be awarded a one-year full-time National Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking sponsored by CHS Training Academy to the value of R45 000.00

The first runner-up in each category won a weekend prize for two at Hotel Numbi in Hazyview.

The second runner-up in each category won a weekend prize for two at any Protea Hotel of his/her choice nationwide.

Participating schools

The participating schools:

  • Hoërskool Kanonkop
  • Hoërskool Reynopark
  • Hoërskool Nelspruit
  • Hoërskool Kriel
  • Hoër Tegniese Skool Middelburg
  • Hoërskool Hoogenhout
  • Hoërskool Evander
  • HGH Witbank
  • DD Mabuza
  • Belfast Akademie
  • Hoërskool Balfour
  • Hoërskool Baberton

A massive congratulations to the teachers and support from the above schools, the participation and willingness to assist was appreciated.


The winners of the categories

3rd place Labuschagne Kobus HGH Witbank
2nd place Potgieter Ashley HS Nelspruit
1st place Marias Sunette HS Kanonkop

3rd place Hill Vicky HS Kriel
2nd place Freitas Dino HS Kriel
1st place De Beer Renita HS Nels

3rd place Sobaren Davina HS Kriel
2nd place Lombard Miche HS Hoogenhout
1st place Marias Sunette HS Kanonkop


For more photos of the week’s programme and photos of the prizegiving, please view the album on Official Capital Hotel School Facebook Page.


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