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Capsicum Culinary Studio's Chef Talent Scout Competition is back!

... with six bursaries to the value of R740 000 up for grabs!

Are you 17 years or older with a passion for cooking?

If you are an aspiring chef or want a change of career, then enter Capsicum Culinary Studio's, Chef Talent Scout Competition to stand the chance of winning one of six bursaries - with the combined value of R740 000 - including the ultimate prize of a three-year bursary towards the study of the school's Advanced Culinary Arts Programme valued at R200 000.

The other five prizes will be one-year bursaries for a Professional Chef Programme or Professional Patisserie Programme, awarded to regional finalists to study at one of Capsicum Culinary Studio's six campuses across the country - Boksburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, and Rosebank (Johannesburg).

To enter the competition, contestants must create a dish - sweet or savoury - using a red capsicum pepper or any other red ingredient; take a good, clear photo of the finished dish and upload it onto their Instagram page, tagging @Capsicumcooking andusing the hashtag #CapsicumTalent

The competition closes at midnight on Monday, November 30, 2020 with the names of each of the 10 finalists from each region announced on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Thosefinalists will be invited to participate in a cook-off on January 20, 2021, at the Capsicum campus closest to them, where they will have to prepare the dish they entered on Instagram, using their own ingredients.

The winners from each campus will then compete in a cook-off, to be held at the school's Rosebank campus (with travel to Gauteng sponsored  for those living in other parts of the country), for the final cook-off on Saturday, February 6, 2021, where they will have to create the ultimate dish using ingredients from a mystery basket. 

Says Capsicum Culinary Studio's Academic Head Candice Adams: "This is a fantastic opportunity for six individuals who are interested in cooking to realise their dreams of studying towards a career in the hospitality industry and at one of South Africa's best culinary schools."

Adams urges entrants to remember that they must enter an image of their red dish on Instagram and tag #CapsicumTalent and @Capsicumcooking in order to qualify. 

All details as well as Ts & Cs can be found at

Capsicum Culinary Studio is the largest chef school of its kind in South Africa with campuses in Boksburg, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, which collectively maintain a 95% pass rate. It has more local and international accreditations and associations than most chef training institutes in the country and a large number of alumni living and working abroad.

Contact Capsicum at one of its six campuses or go to

Capsicum campuses:

  • Boksburg: Unit 6, Bartlett Lake Office Park, Cnr Leith and Trichards Roads, Boksburg

  • Cape Town: 6th Floor, Rex Trueform Office Park, 263 Victoria Rd, Salt River.

  • Durban: 300 Granada Square, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks.

  • Johannesburg: 3 Keyes Ave, Rosebank.

  • Port Elizabeth: 1 Newmarket Rd, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth.

  • Pretoria: Menlyn Square, Ground Floor, South Building, 134 Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen.

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