AU Bonaventure cooks acquire Chef’s accreditation

28 May 2018

Kenneth Sithole

Self- improvement, development and nurture have always been an integral part of Africa University’s vision for its staff and two cooks from the university’s Bonaventure Dining Hall have seized the moment and elevated their qualifications to the status of Chef. Mr. Kenneth Sithole who passed with a Class 1 certificate and Mrs. Pauline Jera who passed with a class 2 certificate underwent grueling practical and theory tests to hone their culinary skills touching a range of disciplines and areas relating to food preparation.

Pauline and Kenneth are the embodiment of what AU stands for, no member of staff leaves the same way they came with many furthering their education thorough the wealth of opportunities offered for personal growth. Following in the footsteps of the two is Ms. Florence Mandiopera who has passed the first part of the chef’s accreditation theory test with a sterling class 1. In a touching ceremony attended by their colleagues, Food Services Manager Mrs. Sarah Dube and the Acting Dean of Students Dr. Mazvita Machinga presented the trio with gifts of congratulations and appreciation from Africa University on their achievement.

Pauline Jera

Florence Mandiopera

Class 1 Chef Accreditation is given to a chef who has undergone trade testing and is a holder of a journeyman card. This is the highest level for skilled chefs in Zimbabwe while Class 2 chef accreditation is given to a cook who has passed theory and practical tests in professional cookery. The Bonaventure Dining Hall has a reputation for dining excellence with the dynamic team constantly delivering on quality meals. Serving almost 2000 customers per day with a menu that reflects the diversity of the AU community, the Bonaventure Dining Hall holds a place of pride on the university campus.

All the university’s events are catered in- house from graduations, to board meetings to the many guests who stay at the Ubuntu Retreat Center that easily competes with the country’s best hotels and resorts.
The Africa University community heartily congratulates Pauline, Kenneth and Florence. Their hard work and dedication is paying off and shall continue to inspire all those who learn their story and their triumphs.

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Jeanette Dadzie