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Young chefs open baking, cooking school

Some of the items produced by The Art of Cooking School

June 4, 2021 2 min read

2 min read

FIVE young female chefs who master the art of cooking in all its aspects have teamed up to open a prestigious baking school in Maseru.

The five previously worked in different local hotels and restaurants as chefs before the COVID-19 imposed retrenchments left them out in the cold.  
"We started these cooking and baking lessons to make ends meet as well as empower other entrepreneurs. There are many unemployed people struggling to survive and we wanted to help empower them because we know how it actually feels.
"We also realised that there is power in knowledge sharing but not many people are willing to do so. In Lesotho, entrepreneurship is an essential part of growing the economy and we find it fulfilling to be able to share our knowledge with others," explained Chef Lisebo Keta, co-owner of The Art of Cooking School.
The door-to-door school, according to Keta, 29, offers cooking, cake baking and decorating lessons to individuals and groups of students on invitation.
"We offer a wide range of classes from basic cake baking to wedding cake baking along with decorating. To those who wish to learn how to bake cookies, muffins, scones and cupcakes; we offer such lessons. We will soon be having people who bake and cook like professionals. We offer lessons in basic white wedding cake, unicorn cake baking, baby bump cake, traditional African hut wedding cake; and traditional African three-legged pot wedding cakes," added teammate and educator, Sarah Moneketse.
They started their classes in mid-May and the schedules are available and open for bookings on their Facebook page. However, each session of up to two weeks is currently limited to only eight students at a time, since they are still acquiring culinary tools.

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Asked about the awards that come with the lessons, Chef Moneketse, 26, said from basic cake baking to crafting wedding cake, a learner will be able to master the art of baking upon completion of the course.
"Our reward is seeing our students grow and develop their skills. We provide practical trainings and tips that have been developed and refined over a decade. We make recommendations on sourcing tools and ingredients at great prices.
"Again, we offer one-on-one training. We’re just a call or message away when you need advice whilst working on your masterpiece at home. All classes are part-time and we have weekday, evening and Saturday classes. You select what suits our students best. We come to your place or at an organised premise for group learners in Maseru. We are also open for cake orders and delivery service,” Moneketse explained.

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