August 22, 2021

The Professional Cooking Academy: Hope for Future Chefs

Madelein Cloete, Principal of The Professional Cooking Academy, offers hope and advice for the future as the culinary industry takes a knock due to COVID.

I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.

– Gordon Ramsay

This is exactly how we at the Professional Cooking Academy tackle each day and opportunity after the pandemic. For budding chefs and culinary geniuses alike, keeping active really is essential and given the nature of our jobs under normal circumstances. We must, after all, stay ‘battle ready’ because after lockdown there will likely be a surge of people wanting to return to the social scene and eating out again.

The Road from Here Is Not Easy

I hope that, despite the obvious need for everyone to get back to normal again, they take the time now to appreciate what we have achieved together and the sacrifices we have all made.

We will be at the very beginning of an eventual claw back to the way things used to be and I think this should be approached with a kind of cautious optimism by all. Teamwork will be the name of the game for some years to come and a renewed appreciation for each other and the roles we all play. I think there will be a more natural attitude within the workplace in the future.

On A More Positive Note…

We think besides our new appreciation for our caregivers and frontline workers and the incredible job they’ve all done throughout the past year with the pandemic, we have all seen or been on the receiving end of much kindness and generosity during these times.

Prayers, support and small gifts as tokens of appreciation were delivered to hospitals, old age homes and emergency services premises. This gives us hope. It has in many ways brought out the best in people and taught us not to take anything for granted. The last year has given us time to think and reflect, which a bad thing is never. It gave us the opportunity the think of different and interesting ways to keep on doing what we love – to create amazing food for others to enjoy. 

Located in Rustenberg in the North West Province, The Professional Cooking Academy recently hosted its open day on 14 August 2021. If you are interested in applying for a course here, please contact Esther on +27 71 214 3557 for an appointment. More info at

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