Two IIE School of Hospitality & Service Management students off to France

Two South African hospitality students have been given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do a fully paid and sponsored internship in Nice, France with celebrated South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen.

Van der Westhuizen’s journey to becoming one of the first South African chefs to obtain a Michelin star has captured the imagination of foodies around the world. To be taken up in the Michelin firmament is arguably the culinary world’s highest honour, but to venture to France and receive the accolade in Michelin territory is a rare feat.

Both Daniël de Bruin and Marc Trollip – students at the IIE School of Hospitality & Service Management (IIE HSM) – will be working at the Michelin-star Restaurant JAN in Nice.

Says IIE HSM Cape Town lecturer Roshaan Hurter: “We are so proud to have two of our students chosen for this amazing opportunity, and it really proves that IIE HSM students are the new gold standard in the industry. It opens up a world of opportunities for the students who study with us. The IIE education provides them with this kind of opportunity to compete with the best on the world stage of hospitality and service management.”

De Bruin and Trollip will have their flights, accommodation and a stipend sponsored during their internship.

Said De Bruin (20), who will be working at JAN from December until March: “I want to improve on my skills in the food and beverage department so working at JAN will be the best experience for me to learn how to build a brand of my own. Not only do I want to learn about French cuisine but I also want to learn about French culture.”

Twenty-four-year old Trollip, who will start working at JAN in April next year, believes the hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country with so much excitement and potential.

“At JAN and in France I want to immerse myself in the culture and passion of a restaurant of this calibre and experience as much as possible while I am working front-of-house.”

The IIE School of Hospitality & Service Management – which has campuses in Rosebank, Johannesburg and in Newlands in Cape Town –  seeks to address the rapidly expanding need for service, hospitality and customer-centric education, spanning from entry-level through to management-level qualifications.