BIG BREAK FOR ASPIRANT CHEFS

Cheryl Nesbitt, the chief executive of Capsicum Culinary Studio, has just returned from Australia and New Zealand with new contracts and opportunities for her students, offering an international career path.

Cheryl Nesbitt, the chief executive of Capsicum Culinary Studio, has just returned from Australia and New Zealand with new contracts and opportunities for her students, offering an international career path.

While travelling in Perth, Cheryl noticed a severe shortage of experienced chefs, which has led to competitive offers from employers. There are up to 3000 vacancies.

British and South African chefs with Australian visas can look forward to enticing incentives to work and live in Australia.

Australian Hotels Association general manager Ian Horne said the problem was getting worse because of the mining boom.

"We have a severe shortage," he confirmed.

He pointed to the experience of the hospitality industry in Perth, where they are bringing in skilled chefs and cooks from Bali because of the severity of the shortage.

"What we are seeing in Perth is just a few years away for us," he predicted.

Horne said skilled Australian immigration and good incentive packages are essential to attract chefs.

"A lot of poaching goes on," he said. "it tends to be about better conditions or better money. It has really been getting progressively worse over the last decade."

Students who study through Capsicum Culinary Studio and complete the International Professional Chef Management Diploma over two years have the option of entering Swan TAFE's Associate Degree in Hospitality Management.

TAFE is the technical training arm in Australia and there are a number of technical campuses through out Australia that provide students with the gap between vocational and theoretical research through the acquisition of research based knowledge and broad-based theoretical concepts.

Capsicum will host an Open Day on Saturday where students can see the chef school, meet the team and enrol for the chef qualification.

For more information call Jolene on 012-663-1425 or go to www.capsicumcooking.co.za.

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