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False Bay TVET College ascends the winner’s podium at the Reaching for Young Stars Show Cook Initiative.

The winning team!

Show Cook

Left front: Neliswa Gwaza, Danielle Davenhill, Ms Charlene Matthews, Ms Marianna Herne and Mr Charles Barnard
Left back: Mr. Donavan Dalais, Lezanne Davids and Lee Peploe

False Bay TVET College staff and students are a glow with the 2023 ShowCook Competition results.

The College’s participating students each ranked in their respective categories, with a special acknowledgement to Lee Peploe who was awarded “Top results in the Cape Wine Academy and the Beverage Student of the Year. Congratulations are also due to Neliswa Gwaza, who ranked first for Best FRUT Smoothie.

Showcook (Mount Nelson, Reaching for Young Stars) Initiative is an elite competition where hotel schools are given the opportunity to showcase their students’ skills and talents. Raising the global profile of the hospitality industry, the Mount Nelson Reaching for Young Stars, a Showcook Initiative shines the spotlight on South Africa’s talent.

Kicking off in March 2023, the Skills Exchange Programme concluded in June when participants went head-to-head in a competition in the various hospitality and restaurant service categories.

Competing for the prestigious titles, False Bay TVET College competed against participants from Capsicum Culinary School, the International Hotel School, Cape Town Hotel School, and other specialised hospitality service institutions.

Leading up to the competition, all participants received personalised mentorship, training and industry exposure from local and international innovators and award-winning experts in their various fields of expertise.

Announced at the Gala Event hosted at the Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, False Bay TVET College, Muizenberg Campus Hospitality students ranked exceptionally well:

Avanti SA Young Star Barista of The Year
2nd place Barista – Lee Peploe

Top Results in the Cape Wine Academy
3rd place Danielle Davenhill
1st place -Lee Peploe

Beverage Student of the Year
3rd place – Neliswa Gwaza
1st Place – Lee Peploe

Best FRUT SA Breakfast Smoothie
1st Place Neliswa Gwaza

Food and Wine Pairing- Best Dessert
False Bay College- Pastry Chef Danielle Davenhill & Beverage Student Lee Peploe

Ultimate Lancewood Young Star Pastry Chef of the Year
3rd Place – Danielle Davenhill

Hot Chef of the Year
3rd place- Lezanne Davids

Prizes included cash prizes, Kitchen Aid and Scanpan equipment alongside invaluable internship opportunities with key competition sponsors.



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