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THE KwaZulu-Natal Chaine des Rotisseurs has launched the Ikusassa School of cooking in partnership with the International Cooking School.

The initiative is described as one of the significant charity projects for 2010 and years to come.

Ten lucky young school leavers from a variety of children's homes around Durban were selected to be part of the awesome opportunity to pursue careers as chefs.

Bishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said he was delighted about the innovative project.

"The benefits of young people being trained and taught to be accredited chefs are obvious," he said.

The selected include children whose families could not afford to send them to cookery schools

Lessons for the "class of 2010" commences on January 19.

Students will be taught theory for three days and also undergo three days of experiential learning in selected hotel kitchens.

But the school requires a operational monthly budget of R60000..

As a mark of appreciation the selected students on Friday night at a gala dinner raised about R250 000 to help run the new establishment.

The students sold raffle tickets to guests in exchange for holidays in various resorts in the province.

They also auctioned various rugby T-shirts.

The organisation will annually provide 10 young trainees with a yearlong accredited culinary skills course leading up to a career in catering.

"It was amazing when I heard I was selected. I knew then that my future was beckoning," said Ikusassa trainee chef Bradley Rheeders.

"Studying to become a qualified chef would normally cost more than R100000 a year."

Ikusassa is designed for those young men and women whose families cannot afford such fees," said Robyn Beckworth, one of the organisers of the project.


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