By Amanda-Ellen Jojo
SINCE forever, women have been known for being homemakers and cooking food in their kitchens research suggest that most women foodpreneurs have conventionally never really been exposed to pursuing this passion as a career for one reason or another.
However, there has been a massive shift in the industry and this is the story of Netty’s Culinary School’s boss, Neltah Hlatywayo (Chef Netty). She took her culinary abilities outside her home and complimented them with her entrepreneurial skills to take dominant and considerable strides in the cookery industry.
Her story is a testimony that women can make a living out of their passion.
“My life before venturing in entrepreneurship was not easy. When growing up I wanted to be a lawyer but could not further my education. The kitchen was my passion and it had not yet occurred to me that I could make a career out of it. Through social media I found short baking and cooking courses.
“I had to register for single cooking course to balance learning and teaching. Teaching was for me to acquire money to continue with my course,” Chef Netty said.
Chef Netty is into baking, cooking and beverage (and teaching as well). She began in 2014 as a way of increasing her streams of income as well as introducing new tradition of muffins, scones
The culinary school offers 3 main courses that is food preparation, hygiene, cost, menu planning, marketing and their three main courses are cooking, baking and beverage services.
“Our Culinary school is more technical hence our programs are more hands on. We also assist our student in finding jobs. Lastly, our program is affordable and we offer a flexible payment plan for students who cannot afford one-time payment,” Chef Netty clarified.
Businesses do not operate in a vacuum, as such The Culinary School boasts of nurturing its students into innovative young chefs who are confident and are looking for some culinary dynamite to further on their skills and launch their careers in a way that is relevant to today’s complex demands, developments and dynamics. The school is registered and it has got boarding facilities.
Chef Netty draws her inspiration from Felistus Murata (Mai Titi) and she has managed to learn a lot from her over the years.
“She is hardworking and independent thus setting a good example for young women and I have benefitted a lot from her support,” she said.
ADVICE TO WOMEN LOOKING TO START-UP: “Entrepreneurship is not an easy ride. You may start by incurring losses and even face low uptake of your service or product but what is required is proper planning, market research and implementation of good marketing strategies.”
HER KEY TAKEAWAYS ON IWD 2022 CAMPAIGN THEME: The society we live in is biased towards men. Women do not get as much recognition; however, this theme encourages the society to give women in business the same support as men. What men can do; women can also do it.
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