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.

Similar News

 

Mile 8 comes alive

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Yolanda Nel - With 30 years’ experience in the kitchen, this well-known MasterChef judge and chef in own right, decided to pen a cookbook in...

Tapas to write home about

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Gerine Hoff - Our book club (read eating and wine-drinking group that exchange books every month) wanted to end our year on a high note,...

The Grinch is on the go

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

With Christmas mere weeks away, there is no need to introduce The Grinch. Some might even believe they have one in their own family. One...

Events calendar

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running• The UNAM Visual Arts department hosts their annual exhibition at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre until 19 January.• Art Come Together, an exhibition of...

Catch the graduates

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Running until mid-January, is a collection of work created by Unam's visual arts graduates at the National Art Gallery and the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre.Twenty-one graduates...

Five new books launched at NSS

1 month - 10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Earlier this week, five new local books were launched at the Namibia Scientific Society (NSS) in the capital.In Are you a Person or a Ghost?...

Wen met jou Afrikaans

1 month - 10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Die ATKV is weer opsoek na alles Afrikaans – van gedigte tot liedjies – vir die 23ste ATKV pluimpie toekennings.Die kategorieë vir die kompetisie is...

For your ­daily coffee fix

1 month - 10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Gerine Hoff - If you can't start your day without a coffee fix, then the coolest place to get it right now, is the Seattle...

Her string theory

1 month - 10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running at El Barrio in Windhoek's Lilliencron Street, is a collection of painings created by ­Daniela Magg titled My String Theory.Daniela is an artist...

Power to these women

1 month - 10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

From Academy award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set...

Latest News

Let Chalk do the talking...

13 hours ago | Sports

Yolanda Nel - All the way from Finland, this professional gymnast opened a club in Windhoek that focuses on the sport and performance training.Fanni Duncan,...

Hengelkampioene deel hul kennis

13 hours ago | Sports

Gerine Hoff - Saterdagoggend het lede van die Benguella-hengelklub en lede van die publiek aangesluit vir 'n aasaanbiedingskliniek wat deur pa-en-seun Etienne en André-Louis Stipp...

Mammadu celebrates successes

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Society

After two months and three weeks of noise and dust, a new eating area, activity room, classroom and shaded parking is complete at the Mammadu...

Christmas lunch for Windhoek’s elderly

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Government

Windhoek’s mayor last week hosted a Christmas lunch for the city’s elderly residents at the Katutura multipurpose centre field.Speaking at the event, mayor Muesee Kazapua...

Be safer this festive season...

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Crime

Just in time for the festive season, the MakeANoise initiative launched a personal safety alarm in Windhoek on Friday.MakeANoise is a community safety and crime...

Reho bejaardes met Kersete bederf

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Society

Boet MatthewsDit was Woensdag ’n miernes van mense toe die Heilige Hart van Jesus-kerk sy jaarlikse Kersete by die St. Joseph-skoolsaal op Rehoboth gehou het,...

Mile 8 comes alive

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Yolanda Nel - With 30 years’ experience in the kitchen, this well-known MasterChef judge and chef in own right, decided to pen a cookbook in...

’n Slang in die...

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Local News

Yolanda Nel - Ná ’n hondjie sy mense-familie van ’n moontlike sebraslang-aanval gered het, het die buurtwag vir hom ’n baie spesiale toekenning gegee.Simba, die...

Road accidents on slow decline

1 month - 17 December 2018 | Accidents

Yolanda Nel - Safety, security and law enforcement remain important, especially in this time of the year.Inspector-general of the Namibian police force, Sebastian Ndeitunga, said...

Load More