COOKtastic is Mbuyi’s brainchild! Previously, Mbuyi spent five years as the Programme and Job Placement Manager at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects, Cape Town, where she mentored hundreds of young people to achieve personal sustainability and personal progress. Growing up in a rural village in the Eastern Cape, she at an early stage of her life’s journey, mastered the skill of compiling her own menu-for-living, tackling life’s challenges head-on, and always remember that “too many cooks spoil the broth”! Her fervour for the personal empowering of the youth has a positive impact. So to youth out there! Chumani!
This is Chef Lecturer Yaaseen Hendricks. Born and raised in the Cape Flats of Cape Town, he knows the delectable cuisine Cape Town and, by extension, South African chefs have to offer. Having graduated with City and Guilds in 2014, he has come to experience various kitchens in the industry – from the vibrant food truck events in Cape Town to the fast-paced fine dining experiences in South Carolina, USA.
With all this experience gained, in 2018 he stumbled on a passion to educate young chefs, beginning in their adventure in the Culinary Industry. From becoming a Chef Assessor/Lecturer, Yaaseen has done culinary training all over South Africa and has found a true passion of life inspiring and motivating young chefs to follow their dreams in the culinary world.
Brigitte is an experienced Austria/Europe-based systemic business consultant, with a masters degree in economy and psychology, and extensive corporate management experience. Being thankful for a highly privileged personal and professional life, she wants to generously share her resources with this clear intention: To create a space for young talented people to empower, to grow, to thrive.
Her passion for COOKtastic is to prove, that up-to-date economic success is no contradiction to social and ecological impact. Brigitte is COOKtastic Co-Founder and Pro bono director. She contributes partly remote from Austria, partly in Cape Town.
Allow us to introduce Arifa Parkar – born in Zanzibar, daughter of an astute businessman, living for some years in Seychelles and then later completing her formal education in Mumbai, India achieving both a BA in Economics and Politics as well as an LLB as well as subsequent qualifications in teaching languages, marketing and management. She has had a highly varied career thus far spanning years that included legal counselling in family matters, teaching languages and facilitating training as well as the assessment thereof and is now SETA accredited in that regard. Her career also includes involvement in Marketing and Management, heading this department of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry for almost 13 years and, after a break in formal employment, creating her own business services consultancy, she then took on the leadership of the Western Cape Economic Business Forum.
All these qualities and work experience total a vast knowledge of business acumen and how it works, how to survive in this precarious economy. Arifa is “network city” and can effortlessly match business people together or help them find the right person at City of Cape Town or Province! She is also a consummate problem-solver and while she will hold your hand and guide you out of your slump, she will expect you to do your homework, to make that effort or change in tactics and woe betides you if you are caught without a bunch of business cards!
She brings along her years of experience to COOKtastic Culinary Hub, mentoring, networking and business strategies will be her main focus.
Rotary support comes from 3 continents: Europe, USA, Africa
The initial initiative came from the following 5 Austrian
Global Grant from Rotary International, with DDF´s from Austria, USA, South Africa
Cooktastic´s local Anchor Club is RC Sea Point.
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The COOKtastic HUB has been founded in March 2019 as NPO, registered in June 2019 as Non Profit Company with the No 2019/287104/08. This is the South African legal entity for an organisation whose purpose is to earn own income to invest it responsibly and sustainably in social and societal development. Being accredited a Public Benefit Organisation, we may apply also for public and private funding, however, not being dependent on it. The public accreditation of our entry-level culinary training with CATHSSETA is in progress
(Status – March 2020)