Win a Bursary to Study at Chef School!

In 1962, a hungry noble Englishman, John Montagu, desperate not to interrupt a gambling game, ordered meat to be served between two slices of bread which led to the remarkable reinvention of the sandwich.

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The bottom line is that people love food. All the foodies out there are continuously experimenting with various flavours and spices. Tongues are wagging and taste buds are savouring the intoxicating kick of chilli, masala and honey.  Being a chef is extremely rewarding and fulfilling as people appreciate the combination of exotic flavours packed into one dish. Cookbook author, Padma Lakshmi, is a food expert and is known for her hors d’oeuvres that are usually crispy kathi rolls dipped in mint-and-date sauce. Cooking is a way of introducing your culture to the world and Padma introduces her Indian heritage to America with her famous Indian recipes that range from creamy coconut curry to chicken korma and sautéed sweet potato and lima beans.

Stand a Chance to Win a Bursary

There’s a great opportunity available for young, aspiring chefs who wish to select careers in the hospitality industry. There is a spanking new 2016 School Chefs Competition hosted by The Private Hotel School (TPHS) and !NABA Food and Wine Festival, taking place in Upington from 5-6 August. The Private Hotel School’s courses are registered by the department of higher education and training. The Private Hotel School (TPHS) offers an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education. This 2016 competition is a dream come true for most students studying towards becoming a culinary expert.

The competition is open to all grade 11 and 12 learners from any South African high school. The lucky winning learner will be awarded a bursary worth R84 900 for a Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management at The Private Hotel School. A selected staff member of the supporting high school will be awarded a bursary worth R60 000 for a distant-learning Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education at The Private Hotel School.

Rules of the Competition

  • Each high school must select one learner.
  • An original menu for a three-course meal for two people in a bistro-style must be submitted.
  • The total cost of the menu must not exceed R150 per person.
  • The first round of judging is done by members of The Private Hotel School. The cook-off is judged by experienced chefs, think MasterChef!
  • The selected top five finalists as announced on 27 May 2016 will take part in the cook-off that takes place on 5 August in Upington.
  • The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony held on 6 August 2016.
  • Accommodation is provided for at the Upington Protea Hotel from 3-6 August 2016. 

How to Enter

Download and complete the entry form at: .

Forward the completed entry form along with your bistro-style menu to:

The competition closes on 30 April 2016. Stand a chance to win a bursary by entering now!

By: Sasheera Gounden


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4 Comments on Win a Bursary to Study at Chef School!

YONELA said : Report Sep 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Hi i am 18 years of in high school doing my grade 12.i started love cooking when i was 12 yours of age and i want to become the greatest chef in the world.i have financial problems am hoping that you can help me with a scholarship

    nande said : Report Jul 22, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    hi i am 18 year of age ,am still at school doing grade 12 ,i want to become a chef but i don't have money to pay for next year and i also don't know how to apply ,can you help

      admin said : Report Jul 12, 2016 at 3:56 PM

      Hi Melanie, Thanks for your comment. If being a Chef is what your heart in set on then you should not give up on your dreams! There are a number of bursary / internship programs available to South Africans. We are unfortunately not affiliated directly to any Chef schools in SA though, and therefore we are not able to assist students directly with scholarships. We can however refer you to the following sites for more information regarding bursaries in the hospitality industry: - closing date for application is 31 August 2016 - closing date for application is 16 September 2016 - more information about Bursaries in the hospitality industry Wishing you all of the very best! Dream big, work hard, and never give up! :)

        melanie said : Report Jun 30, 2016 at 10:33 AM

        Hi I am 27 years of age I wa in a special school. I want to become a chef since I was small. I don't have the money to pay for a school. So I want to know can you please help me with a full scholarship?

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