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12 October 2018

Rustenburg – Hedgehog’s Nest Culinary Institute (HCI) is an operational chef school situated at the popular function and wedding venue, Hedgehog’s Nest.

Their courses are internationally approved by City & Guilds London and their instruction modules are hands-on as they focus on developing practical skills. 

At HCI they give quality training, and teach intense discipline to shape a goal orientated, hard-working and “eager to learn” student into a multi-skilled all-round culinary artisan and patissier. 

HCI will be giving away a bursary to the value of R93 000 towards an International City & Guilds Certificate in food preparation and cooking.

The prize includes full tuition to a 12 month qualification, all practical ingredients including unit practicals and exams, all learning materials, WiFi on campus, two-day induction, accommodation for 12 months, laundry service once a week, three meals per day, two-year SACA student membership, City & Guilds registration, City & Guilds first examination fees, City & Guilds & HCI certification, City & Guilds Food Safety examination, two full sets of HCI- branded chef’s uniforms, a branded golf shirt, a pair of safety shoes and a full 11-piece chef’s knife set. 

Also included, is a level two first aid and basic life support course and a basic firefighting course. To top it all off, you get hands-on industry experience at the Hedgehog’s Nest wedding and event venue.

If you think you have what it takes, get your creative culinary juices flowing and turn up the heat because the competition closes on 31 October. 
To enter you have to create a truly unique and innovative starter and dessert to be served at a summer wedding.

Take a photograph of your two dishes and make a short video listing the main ingredients that you used, why you entered the competition and why you should be the winner of the bursary. 

E-mail your full name, postal address, certified ID number, proof of payment of the R500 entry fee as well as a portrait photo of yourself, along with both the video and the photos to with HCIBursary2019 in the subject line.

Five finalists will be chosen. The finalists will compete in a final cook-off round in front of the HCI panel of judges in Rustenburg where the winner of the bursary will be announced.

The following terms and conditions apply: travel costs and accommodation for the final round is not covered by HCI, entrants must be 18 years or older, only one entry per person, entrants must be South African citizens, photos and video clips of entries may be used on all social media platforms, entrants must be able to attend the programme full-time and have to adhere to all HCI’s rules and regulations, entrants must be able to start tuition from 20 January 2019, living expenses, transport costs and personal expenses are not included in the bursary, the decision of the judges is final.

For more information contact Pieter Germishuys, principal of HCI on 082 663 7281 or email

Cara Jacobsz and Luzay Steyn decorating a dessert.
Liam Myburgh putting the final touches on a wedding cake. Photos: Ronel Broderick Photography (082 451 2999). 
Douglisha Coetzer next to a beautifully decorated wedding cake. Photos: Ronel Broderick Photography (082 451 2999).
Pieter Germishuys, principal of HCI.
A deconstructed Caprese basil salad with heirloom tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.
Donaven Leketi is proud of his extraordinary creation.
Ley-lanie Pieterse with a delectable wedding cake.


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