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GrandWest CSI School Cook Off Event

Nine Consumer Studies learners from five Western Cape based schools recently showcased their culinary prowess in the GrandWest CSI School Cook-Off Event under the watchful eye of a panel of judges. The cook off was the culmination of GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department’s Consumer Studies upliftment programme which has seen the Consumer Studies classrooms at four of schools upgraded to ensure healthier teaching and learning environments for both learners and teachers.

The upgrade project included equipping the classrooms with seven stoves each, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards were installed, while various aesthetic improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classrooms.

Participating in the GrandWest CSI School Cook Off Event were Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High, Sinethemba High and the Batavia School for Skills. The learners were tasked with preparing and serving canapés to attending guests and judges. It was a team representing Goodwood College which took first place in the competition. The team comprised Trudy Rene Barros and Naomi-Leigh Naidoo. In second place it was Haaneefah Mia and Nishaan Jackobs from JG Meiring High School and in third place it was Kaylin Arendse from Ravensmead High.As part of GrandWest’s Consumer Studies upliftment programme, Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High and Sinethemba High were also part of producing a 72-page recipe book which was launched at the cook off event. Each school has contributed eight recipes to the book and will receive copies to sell as a means to generate necessary funding to sustain the newly upgraded Consumer Studies classrooms.

“During the course of 2016, we have enjoyed a fulfilling journey of learning and discovery with the beneficiary schools in our Consumer Studies upliftment programme. To see the learners take what they have learnt in their newly upgraded, fully equipped classrooms as well as during their week long experiential training with the culinary teams at GrandWest is indeed a great reward. We hope that we have achieved what we hoped to which is to ignite a passion for culinary arts amongst the learners and open their eyes to the range of career opportunities available to them in the hospitality field.

“We congratulate all of the participants in our cook off competition and wish them the best of luck with their future,” says GrandWest’s Group Social Economic Development Manager, Heidi Edson.


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