The vibrant and exciting industries of food and hospitality are firmly on the rise despite major unemployment crises in many other fields locally…

Those enjoying successful and happy careers in the industry say that more young people should consider training to become chefs, event coordinators, hotel managers, restaurant managers, baristas, sommeliers and more!

Chef Shongwe is one such person – a familiar face often seen sharing his delicious recipes on’s The Morning Show. After graduating from The International Hotel School (IHS) he went on to work in Florida and New York before returning to South Africa and founding his own company, The Food Pulse. 

“This industry allows you to meet and interact with a lot of people from different backgrounds with interesting and authentic cultures. It also provides variety of opportunities and gives you a platform to create something for yourself and make history,” he says.

Another IHS graduate, Verona Oliver, is now the director of Talent & Culture at Fairmont in Zimbali where she is based in one of KZN’s most beautiful and luxurious locations and has the honour of taking care of guests and ensuring that they get the most out of the hotel’s many facilities.

“Hospitality managers are often considered to be the jacks of all trades, so both hands-on experience and old-fashioned classroom learning is required to produce the most successful managers. The first thing you should do is to invest in your education and learn the modern standards and practices. My successes thus far are true testaments to the integrity of the IHS learning modules.”

International Hotel School

The International Hotel School (IHS) offers internationally recognised hospitality management and culinary programmes that provide students with practical industry experience to give them a head start in their career.

With hospitality managers and chefs currently in higher demand than that of engineers, architects, surgeons or lawyers locally and abroad, a qualification from a leader in hospitality education, recognised by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, could prove more valuable than a university degree.

Shael Mead also studied at IHS and went on to work in some of London’s top kitchens as a pastry chef including Le Caprice and Dean Street Townhouse. She is now the co-owner and creator of the popular Durban eatery, Taylor’s Kitchen. She says that studying at IHS gave her the foundation she needed for a successful career.

“IHS gives you hands-on experience and teaches you from the beginning what the hospitality industry requires from you as a chef as well as great cheffing skills,” said Shael.

Tyler Brits (22) completed his hospitality management programme earlier this year and quickly attained an exciting role as camp manager working in a game lodge inside Phinda Private Game Reserve.

“The best thing about studying at IHS was being able to work at four different properties during my time studying through them, including Suncoast International, The Oyster Box Hotel and Fairmont Zimbali. That exposure is brilliant for anyone looking to experience and explore.”

Follow the game changers

You can follow these game changers on Instagram and witness the headstart they received at IHS as they share insights into their successful careers in the culinary and hospitality industry.

If you would like to know how you can become part of a growing industry with a qualification from a Department of Higher Education and Training, and Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality approved institution, today.