Young chef wows, goes from township kid to star international chef

Young chef wows, goes from township kid to star international chef

Siyabulela Booi, a young man from Gugulethu, is heading to France to learn how to make pastries from the professionals. The chef, who is specialising in pastry, is going to stay in the city of love for 6 weeks.

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On the 5th of July, young local chef, Siyabulela Booi, jetted off to France where he will be learning how to make pastries the way it's done by culinary masterminds.

The youngster from Gugulethu is going to be spending 6 weeks in France after he was awarded a six-week bursary to study there.

GoodThingsGuy reports Siyabulela will be attending the Le Calabash Chefs Training Academy.

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The star chef in-the-making has gone from someone who knew barely anything about cooking (other than that he loved it) to earning himself the title of chef through learning the tricks of the trade with the help of the Amy Foundation’s Youth Skills Development (YSD) Hospitality Programme.

Siyabulela finished a one-month internship at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa. There he learnt about both front-of-house service and the kitchen.

It was here that he discovered his passion - the culinary arts. He continued in the foundation's programme and learned as much as possible.

Then Siyabulela joined the Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Newlands for a 6-month internship as a trainee chef.

The hotel then offered this star pupil further training and paid for half of his expenses as he took a 3-year diploma course at the South African’s Chefs Academy(SACA).

Young chef wows, goes from township kid to star international chef

Siyabulela Booi and Chef Carl Van Rooyen, Vineyard Hotel Executive Chef (Image Source:
Source: UGC

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The proud young man has received a Level One Certificate from the Academy and in April received his Level Two Diploma.

He is now beginning his third year of study, specialising in pastry. He has also been working full time at the Vineyard Hotel as a trainee chef.

Now, with his bursary, Siyabulela will be able to experience France first-hand and enjoy the chance of a lifetime. gathered he will return to SA and continue working at the hotel while he furthers his education even more and finishes his Level Three - the highest level offered by the academy.

What an achievement, and what an inspiring young man!

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