A FINAL year hospitality student from the Namibia University of Science and Technology, who a few months ago scooped a silver medal at the Namibia National Skills Competition, is set to represent Namibia at the World Skills International Cooking Competition in Russia.
Ronaldo Katjiheve, aged 19 said after qualifying for the Russian competition which is slated for 22 to 27 August, he in a bid to gain more knowledge and to sharpen his skills started helping out at the Training Kitchen at NUST.
A statement released by the University states that initially before the Namibia Skills Cmpetition, three other students were chosen to compete.
“Meanwhile, I also entered into other cooking competitions in order to get more experience. During August I was able to get a part time job in a commercial kitchen which sharpened my practical skills. Further I offered my services to help other chefs to cook at various events which really helped me to get some more needed experience. We started to train for the NSC competition under the watchful eye of Chef Ralf. The training was quite intense and sometimes it was difficult to bring training, school and work under one hat, however it worked,” Katjiheve said.
Asked what his plans for the future are, Katjiheve said that his biggest dream is being the first chef in Namibia to get a Michelin Star, to change the way Namibians view local ingredients by creating a Namibian cuisine and writing a book about it.
The Michelin star is awarded for excellence to a selected few establishments. The acquisition or loss of a star has dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. The Michelin guide is the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide.