Local chef to make Namibia proud

One chef represents the country at the Young Chefs Olympiad taking place early next year.

10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

I am very proud and excited to be representing my country, Kyle Farrer, chef student

Yolanda Nel - Many chefs starting out in their career dreams of entering competitions and being recognised for their hard work and effort.

For one chef, that dream has become a reality.

Kyle Farrer will be representing Namibia at the Young Chefs Olympiad taking place in India next year. “I am very proud and excited to be representing my country,” he told Windhoek Express.

At the moment he uses every chance he can to prepare for the competition, before his shift starts as well as on his off days.

About the experience itself, Kyle says he is excited to meet young chefs that are just as passionate about food as he is, while finding out more about their culture and to hear their stories.

Kyle decided to pursue a career as a chef thanks to his grandfather’s influence. “My granddad taught me about food when I was young. After I decided to join Silver Spoon, they pushed me to really follow my dreams,” he said.

What inspires him most is putting a smile on someone’s face when you cook for them. “It just makes me strive to do better every time and it makes me happy to brighten up someone’s day with good food.”

Is there a specific chef he would like to work with?

“Without a doubt Masaharu Morimoto. He is a well-known Japanese chef on Iron Chef and he just amazes me every single time. He does everything with so much poise and ease and I aspire to be like that one day.”

For mentor Terry Jenkinson of Silver Spoon, culinary competitions are an excellent learning platform for young chefs for several reasons. “Competitions are useful in developing an attitude of practicing until the task can be completed quickly and it teaches chefs to work efficiently within a time constraint,” he said.

Terry is especially excited about the Olympiad. “This is a fantastic competition and every competitor has precisely the same utensils, ingredients and kitchen setup, so the playing field is level. This makes the challenge that much more interesting for competitors as it all comes down to skills, taste, hygiene and work method.”

Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy is fortunate to have been invited to represent Namibia at the Young Chef Olympiad. “The young chef we select is a top performing student, who shows consistency, determination and good skills during their education. Kyle was selected based on his performance during practical assessments, class tests, exams as well as his performance in the Namibian Chef of the Year competitions,” Terry said.

Kyle still has eight months of studying of an 18-month course to complete his Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking. Upon successful completion of those eight months, he has the option to complete a further six months in an advanced diploma in pastry and kitchen supervision.

The 2019 Olympiad is the fifth year the competition takes place with more than 60 countries taking part. Only one chef per country can be entered and Silver Spoon is excited to see one of their own students partake in this once in a lifetime opportunity. The competition gives culinary students a great platform to learn, teach and network with the best culinary schools worldwide.

As hosts, India sponsors all food, accommodation and travel within the country. However, flight tickets must be covered by the participating chef. Should anyone wish to make a donation towards Kyle’s trip, Silver Spoon can be contacted on 061 240 994.

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