We’d like to introduce one of our students, Pierre van Heerden, who will be sharing his experiences of student life in the hospitality industry!
Pierre is 22 years old and is currently in his third and final year studying Professional Cookery and Kitchen Management at IHS. A Durban boy, he just finished his Experiential Learning at Little Switzerland Resort, and is off to Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland soon to gain extra experience.
We spoke to Pierre to find out a bit more about him…
1. What made you decide to study at The International Hotel School?
I browsed around, and IHS gave me more value for money than any other establishment, and I knew that IHS could open more doors than any other establishment in South Africa.
I would never have been where I am now, or have experienced what I have, without IHS – royal weddings, the Good Food and Wine show, the FIFA World Cup, and that’s just to name a few.
2. When / where did you discover your passion for the hospitality industry?
This is always the hardest question to answer – since I can remember, I’ve wanted to do it. My mother used to bake, and my mother’s food is the best! Every man says it, but I believe it. Thus I probably got that skill from her.
3. What are your passions / interests?
Expanding my knowledge and gaining more experience, and passing that experience on to others. I’m also fascinated with organice food and wish that SA would switch over to 100% organic living!
4. Tell us one interesting thing about you!
At first glance, I look like a bit arrogant … but after you get to know me, you would know that I am a very hardworking, friendly and caring person!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m planning on experiencing the globe for the next couple of years after completing my studies, and then I see myself coming back to South Africa, bringing back that knowledge and hopefully starting up my own place. What it will be is still not decided, seeing as I have too many ideas!
6. Motto for life?
I live day to day; of course I do think of the future, but I don’t place my heart on anything, because life doesn’t happen the way you plan it. Just look at this opportunity I have at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland – I never planned for this to happen.
I also believe if you are negative and see everything out of a negative view, you will pull negative stuff closer to you.
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