Thompson: I am afraid of the 200m

first_img Initially fearful “I was scared when my coach told me I was going to run the 200m at trials. But, I worked with him. He’s a great coach so I tried to execute and follow his instructions,” Thompson said. “I am surprised because I didn’t love the 200m. I had always told myself that I cannot run the event, but my coach said to take that out my brain because I can be a good 200m runner and I just worked with him and he turned me into a good 200-metre runner,” Thompson added. The youngster will now turn her attention to the women’s 4x100m where she is expected to feature in the final. – A.L. Tried hard BEIJING, China: Between 2009 and the end of last year, Elaine Thompson had competed in a mere eleven 200-metre races. Before her heat at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Wednesday, Thompson had made only two international appearances in the event. Two races later, she is the World Championships silver medallist in an event she had no idea she would be good at. Thompson signalled her intention from her very first race at the championships, easing to a conformable 22.78 seconds win before also taking her semi-final in another comfortable display, posting 22.13, setting up a clash with Dutch star Dafne Schippers, the 100m silver medal winner, who had also looked impressive throughout the two rounds. In the final, Thompson came off the curve in front of the powerful Dutch sprinter but could not hold her off as Schippers crossed the line in 22.63 making her the second-fastest woman in history. Thompson took the silver in an equally jaw-dropping personal-best time of 21.66 with Veronica Campbell-Brown finishing third in 21.97. Thompson was elated with the result, stating that she did everything she could to hold off the towering Dutchwoman, but underlining that she had no regrets given her efforts. “I have to give God thanks. I came back second with a big PB. I cannot complain. I was really trying to get to the line. I saw her coming and I was trying to pull through, but I came in second,” said Thompson, who is now the second-fastest Jamaica in the event after Merlene Ottey’s national record 21.64 set in 1991. “My coach Stephen Francis has prepared me well physically and mentally, so I just came out here, delivered and executed as best as I can,” Thompson said. “The plan was to come out as quickly as I can. I knew she has a strong finish and I had to get out first but she still caught me.” Thompson said she is extremely surprised by her performances and by the new personal best mark that she achieved, especially considering she never considered the 200m an event she is good at.last_img read more

Barcelona says Neymar wants to leave club amid PSG rumors

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ #MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets His transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 became the source of a legal dispute that has dogged Barcelona even since. Barcelona said at the time that his transfer cost 57 million euros, while an investigative judge says that the real cost was at least 83.3 million euros.Now Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club amid the transfer scandal, are facing trial on charges of fraudulent administration.Neymar has also mixed his flair for fancy goals with bouts of immaturity on the field, often needlessly taunting defenders and trying to upstage them with his dribbling skills.But nobody doubts Neymar is one of the greatest talents of his generation.PSG saw it first-hand in last season’s Champions League. In his most memorable performance at Camp Nou, Neymar scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona to a 6-1 rout to overturn PSG’s 4-0 first-leg win in the last 16.Unless PSG gets last-second jitters, Neymar will take over a team that is searching for a leader who can achieve elusive Champions League success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur FC Barcelona’s Neymar arrives at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Neymar has arrived at Barcelona’s training grounds amid widespread rumors that the Brazil striker could make a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.Both Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.Yet, even before this drawn-out saga, Neymar also provided more than one headache for his club.ADVERTISEMENT PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’PSG did not answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Ellen Nominates New Heads of APR Panel

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as Chairperson of the African Peers Review (APR) Forum, has nominated, for consideration and appointment two prominent diplomats to head the APR Panel of eminent persons.Those nominated by the Liberian leader include Ambassador Fatuma Nyirakobwa Ndangiza of Rwanda and Ambassador Ashraf Rashed of Egypt as the new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, respectively, of the APR Panel.Heads of State and Government are presently in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis-Ababa, attending the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU), where several cardinal issues including a report of activities of the AU Peace and Security Council and the state of peace and security in Africa. The AU leaders have also launched 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.President Sirleaf made the nomination, according to a dispatch from the Ethiopia Capital, Addis-Ababa on Wednesday 29, 2014, when she chaired the 20th Summit of the Committee of Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).Ambassador Ndangiza succeeds the outgoing Chairperson of the APR Panel, Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna of Cameroon, who served as a Panel Member from 2003 to January 2014. She was first appointed as member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons at the 16th Summit of the APR Forum in January 2012. The new Vice-Chair was at the same time appointed to the APR Panel.Additionally, President Sirleaf recommended the appointment of three distinguished Africans as new Panel Members to replace Barrister Muna (Cameroon), Barrister Jullienne Onziel Gnelenga (Congo Brazzaville) and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer (Liberia) whose four-year tenure as Panel Members expires this month.Those preferred by the Liberian leader are: Edem Kojo (Togo), Professor Abo Mengeuel (Sudan), and Mr. Mahamoud Yossouf Khayal (Chad).President Sirleaf lauded the outgoing panelists, for what she termed their invaluable role in the progress of APRM, “…and I look forward to your continued support to this proud Pan-African initiative.”She pointed out that in the last 10 years, the APRM has proven itself an important tool for detecting possible fault lines in the continent’s national governance systems; has shown its strength as an early warning mechanism for emerging issues and potential crisis in some countries reviewed; and has equally provided an opportunity to showcase the best practices in some countries on the continent.President Sirleaf maintained that Africa’s success in achieving the standards set for good governance is heavily dependent on its ability to ensure self-governance and respect for the rules, protocols, and structures that constitute the Mechanism.She cautioned the important strengthening the lines of communication between the bodies that make up the APRM, to ensure that informed and prudent administrative decisions are made by those vested with the proper authority to make them. “This includes the implementation of the Mechanism structure which was approved by the Forum in May 2013,” she said.She called for the vetting of staff of the APRM Secretariat with swiftness and urgency, stressing that it must be done transparently and fairly. She thanked South Africa for agreeing to undertake the hiring of a firm to facilitate the recruitment process.President Sirleaf had recommended that the APRM Forum be made a permanent part of the African Union system, and urged the Committee of Heads of State of the Forum to support and protect the continent’s mechanism in fulfilling its mandate for the benefit of Africa.Speaking earlier, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Haile Mariam Desalegn, expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf for the exemplary leadership of the APRM Forum.PM Desalegn, who is also Chairperson of the Assembly of AU, said APR Forum is the means by which the continent can say no to undue interference from outside forces; and when the continent knows exactly what to do to ensure security, good governance, development and democratic rule. He hoped that more countries would accede to the APRM Process.The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, recognized the APRM Forum as the continent’s self-monitoring mechanism that must be supported by all of its leaders.Madam Zuma, who is the wife of South African President, Jacob Zuma, reminded the forum members that the APRM Forum was created in 2003 to help promote good governance and economic change, and insisted that the APRM represents an early warning system for potential problems in Member States.The APR Mechanism, an initiative of the African Union that was established in March 2003 by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is an instrument for monitoring performance in governance among Member States, and provides support for the improvement of such performance.Thirty-four AU Member States, including Liberia, have voluntarily acceded to the Mechanism. Seventeen countries that have completed their self-assessment have been peer-reviewed by the Forum of Heads of State and Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bosai to establish new kiln, dryer; to resuscitate Linden aluminium plant

first_imgBauxite mining company, Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI), is looking forward to major future developments that will enhance its operations in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), which according to the company’s Secretary, Norman McLean, will also lead to a major boost in employment opportunities within the community.At a recent meeting with representatives of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), McLean said the company is currently working to establish a new kiln, which will be added to the two already existing ones at its Linden operations; in addition to the setting up of a new dryer.As a result, the company’s Secretary also indicated that Bosai is also seeking to re-implement its apprenticeship programme which was suspended a few years ago.Additionally, McLean related that Bosai is working towards the resuscitation of the abandoned aluminium plant at Mackenzie, Linden. “I’m happy to report that Bosai is in the move to establish a number 15 kiln, a new one which will be a third kiln for our operation. That will be a real boost for employment here and we hope that this will be up and running sometime next year. But we’re already moving ahead with that and a new dryer as well. So, there’s very optimistic news being taken for the people of Linden,” he stated.In an effort to have suitably qualified persons on the job, McLean said the company is also working towards the re-establishment of its apprenticeship programme which in the past saw scores of youths from the community benefiting. In 2015, the company had laid off approximately 30 of its apprentices, citing a decline in production and sales as the main reason.The company had indicated that as a means of cutting back on its expenses, it was forced to release all of its apprentices. However, according to McLean, the new developments will see a re-introduction of the programme.“The same will happen, because in order to provide qualified employment for our young people, we have to maybe go ahead with another hundred employees, another hundred apprentices because work will have to be up and running,” McLean added.The establishment of a new aluminium plant by the company is also expected to boost employment once all goes well. “And we are not only looking forward to a new dryer and a new kiln but we’re looking forward as well to trying to resuscitate a new aluminium plant. That is something that we’re looking at and we’ve already filed with the GGMC (Guyana Geology and Mines Commission)…,” he said.Citing environmental concerns, Regional Councillor Charles Sampson said it is his hope that the company takes adequate steps to protect the environment. “I hope that with Bosai’s improvement and whatever infrastructure they’re putting in, they put in the dust collectors. And putting in the dust collectors will not only take the dust out the atmosphere but it has a financial benefit for the company,” he noted.McLean, however, assured that there is scope for development given the current environment at Bosai. “We are looking forward to not only putting in new apprentices and what have you but putting in for certain properties that are going to be needed to help feed that number 15 kiln and feed the dragger. So, I would love to say to the employees and the people of Linden that there’s optimism and scope for development in Linden given what is taking place,” McLean stated.last_img read more

Black car Bolt’s only demand on Aussie football foray

first_img0Shares0000Usain Bolt’s only request is a black hire car, Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have said © AFP / Thomas SAMSONSydney, Australia, Aug 13 – Usain Bolt might be a superstar athlete but the fastest man ever won’t be getting special treatment when he arrives in Australia in his bid to become a professional footballer.Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have agreed to help the eight-time Olympic champion achieve his long-held dream, letting him train with the club indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract. He is due to arrive in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, on his own this weekend and has made just one demand — that his hire car is black.“Colour of choice, apparently,” Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp told the Sydney Daily Telegraph Monday. “So black it is.”Asked if there had been other demands, he said: “No, there’s only that one.“We’ve had no requests for private bodyguards, personal masseurs, chauffeurs. Nothing about providing bottled water from France, either,” he added.And his hire car won’t be top of the range either. Instead, he will make do with one of the Hyundais the club is provided with each year as part of a sponsorship deal.Asked how Team Bolt would fit inside anything but a stretch limo, Mielekamp told the newspaper: “There isn’t any entourage.“It’s only Bolt and his manager, and the latter is already here. So when Usain arrives at Sydney airport this weekend, he will be travelling alone. “And when he drives, it will be in a Hyundai like everyone else at the club.”Despite the Jamaican’s no-frills approach, managing his presence will be a tougher proposition with extra security guards on hand for any public appearances and club training sessions moved to a larger venue to cater for demand.“The one thing we’ve been really firm on is that Usain, while trialling for a contract, be treated the same as any player,” said Mielekamp.“Obviously, we understand the realities of having somebody of his profile. But (when it comes to football) there will be no advantages.“And that’s what Bolt wants — this is about his football journey. He’s coming here for the right reasons.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SENSATIONAL HALF PRICE SALE NOW ON AT CENTRA CONVENIENCE STORE IN GLENCAR

first_imgDEALS: A sensational half price sale is NOW ON at the CENTRA convenience store in Glencar.Management at the award-winning facility are offering some incredible deals on products at great prices!TWO for €6.00 on Centra Breaded Goujons 300g/ Chicken Chasseur Cutles 540g/ Round Steak Mince 440g/ Part Boned Chicken Breast 410g (Mix and Match) THREE for €2.00 on Centra Selected Fruit & Vegetables (Mix n Match)There are many, many more superb deals available  in store at Centra convenience store located on Circular Road, Gelncar, Letterkenny.SENSATIONAL HALF PRICE SALE NOW ON AT CENTRA CONVENIENCE STORE IN GLENCAR was last modified: August 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeatureslast_img read more

GERALDINE SEES TERMON THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL

first_imgCOUNTY STAR Geraldine McLaughlin scored two great goals to take club side Termon through to the Ulster Ladies Minor Final in a fortnight.The Co Donegal side didn’t have it all their own way however – trailing by three points at one stage against Tyrone champions Killeshil.But McLaughlin was superb throughout and Termon went on to win by a scoreline of 3-12 to 2-08 –  a seven point margin. The Donegal girls will have to be at their best for the final on January 2 when they take on Antrim club champions St Paul’s from the Falls Road in west Belfast.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com  GERALDINE SEES TERMON THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:geraldine mclaughlinladies gaa donegalTermonlast_img read more

Jokanovic running out of time to prove he is the man to lead Fulham

first_img REVEALED REVEALED no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Fulham host Bournemouth and travel to Huddersfield Town and Liverpool in their three games before the next international break.However, if they lose the first two, Jokanovic may not even be in charge for the trip to Merseyside, say The Times.The Cottagers have conceded 12 goals in their last three league games and the 25 times overall is the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season.Jokanovic was appointed in December 2015 and led them to promotion from the Championship with a play-off final win over Aston Villa in May. MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most popular football news Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been given two matches to save his job, it is being reported.The Premier League side lost 4-2 to Cardiff City at the weekend to make it one win in nine league games, but it also meant the team fell into the bottom three. REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Fulham’s style under Jokanovic won many admirers last season, but in the Premier League they have conceded more goals than any other side Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

Residents to be at the heart of controversial housing plans in Ballybofey

first_imgIt has been confirmed that residents on the Trusk Road will be consulted before any decision is reached on a new housing development scheme on the council-owned lands. Confirmation from senior council management on the issue was given on Monday.Outrage was sparked ten years ago when the Donegal County Council had proposed to build houses/apartments on the small site which led to a protest outside the council building in Lifford. Raising the issue at Monday’s reconvened full council meeting, Councillor Patrick McGowan, who supported the decision by local residents a decade ago, said: “I am satisfied that no decision will be taken on house design or the number of houses prior to residents being consulted.“It is proposed that this small development will be reserved for an older people’s housing scheme and will be designed with the needs of older people in mind.”Residents to be at the heart of controversial housing plans in Ballybofey was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New breed of top black chefs

first_imgHow many black chefs are there in South Africa? “Not enough,’ says James Parker, the chamber manager of affairs at the tourism, hospitality, sport education and training authority (Theta), a skills development body.Kenny Ngubane is one of a new breed of top black chefs serving as figures of culinary inspiration to aspirant chefs – young and old. (Image: Tsogo Sun)Brand South Africa reporterBut South Africa’s uberchef, Bill Gallagher, believes that the cream of the country’s black chefs are rising to the top. “The sky’s the limit for black chefs,’ says Gallagher, the president of the South African Chefs Association and the executive chef of the Southern Sun hotel group.And cooking maestros such as Kenny Ngubane  from the highbrow Bastion restaurant at the Castle in Kylami, Ivan Willemse from the Mount Nelson, and Keith Frisley from the Sandton Hilton, prove that Gallagher is right.They are among a new breed of top black chefs serving as figures of culinary inspiration to aspirant chefs – young and old.All have a good role model in Coach House executive chef Lucas Ndlovu, the man regarded as the big daddy of local chefdom. In the 1950s, when black cooks were confined to working in sculleries, Ndlovu’s talent and hearty love for food ensured that he went from washing dishes in the back kitchens of restaurants to whipping up acclaimed dishes.Many chefs started as cleanersIndeed, it appears as if more opportunities are in place for up-and-coming chefs to learn – and practise – their craft. Large hotels and training institutions now run skills transfer programmes, while organisations like Theta seek to promote and recognise education in the hospitality sector by awarding companies that have training programmes in place.“If you look at black chefs 20 years ago, many were coming into the industry as cleaners or as “scullery boys’ and had to work their way up,’ says Gallagher. “There was a big problem with education and black chefs often had to learn through repetition. But there has been a big change in the industry. There’s been a completely new focus on training. There are more apprenticeships in kitchens, and this was a big forerunner to the success of the industry today.’Black chefs have also changed their perceptions, says Manfred Muellers, a senior lecturer at the Wits Hotel School in Johannesburg. “In the past, I think black people thought they could only be servants, not cooks. But now black students are more directed towards the hospitality industry and are given the chance to develop. More black students have enrolled in our courses in the past 10 years. But our hotel school has always been open to students of all races.”Young chefs are proving their passion behind the burners. (Image: SA Tourism)Theta’s Parker says South Africa lacks skilled chefs – both black and white. A reason for the shortage may be the high bills that culinary schools demand. “It’s a tough industry, and the nature of it makes it expensive. While our training institutions set a high standard of culinary excellence, some cost R30 000 to R70 000, which not everyone can afford.’There’s no crash course for excellence“There aren’t really any bursaries available’, Parker continues. “I think a lot of young black chefs believe they don’t have the right contacts to go to a hotel, and say they will work for free for a year in order to learn skills there. With a little training, you could get to a top restaurant – but you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. There’s no crash course for being an excellent chef,’ he says.Thirty-two-year-old Ngubane started at the bottom. He worked as a busboy at the Carlton Hotel in the 1990s, and was one of four black trainees out of 28 at its hotel school. Now he can recite a CV full up with stints at top-class eateries – the Cape Grace, the Grace in Rosebank, and the Sandton Hilton, among others.“Sometimes people come to me and tell me that I’m only an executive chef because I’m black, but that’s not true. I haven’t worked where I’ve worked because of my skin colour, but because I work hard and I love food. I’m not here because of my skin colour but because I love what I do.’To be sure, satisfied customers like Hilary Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Edith Venter love what he does in the kitchen, too.Twelve years ago, the chefs association started its Horizons training programme, which lists its main ingredient as teaching the basics of cooking to historically disadvantaged chefs. Gallagher says that more than 600 black cooks have participated in the programme.The chefs association’s Horizons training programme teaches the basics of cooking to historically disadvantaged chefs. (Image: SA Tourism)They must show hunger for their craftThe association nurtures new talent in a mentorship programme run by the Culinary Olympics squad, Team SA. This national squad comprises South Africa’s master chefs, who head overseas every four years to compete in the global food competition. The four-year programme ensures that seasoned chefs on the national squad transfer their savvy and expertise to the development team, preparing them for the international cooking circuit.Garth Shnier, the manager of Team SA, says only those chefs who display a hunger and passion for their craft are selected for the development team.“They have intense training and get to go with the national squad to the Olympics. When they return home, they extend their knowledge at the places they work.’ Shnier says two developing chefs may be ready to represent the country in the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany next year.In its first 20 years, Team SA consisted mostly of foreign chefs, but Shnier says the aim now is to make the team more representative of South Africa’s diversity.And that change is also starting reflect on menus. More and more, local chefs are cooking up indigenous foods, welcoming dishes like morogo, pap and boerewors to the tables of restaurants.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more