Capetonian Ferdinand October has shared his incredible story of how he went from being a trolley collector at a supermarket to a qualified chef.
The 34-year-old man from Strand will soon graduate from one of South Africa’s leading culinary schools, Capsicum School for Culinary Arts, despite the many obstacles he faced in life.
October had to quit high school 18 years ago to help his family make ends meet, by working as a trolley collector for Pick n Pay.
He started as a trolley collector, then he became a store cleaner, and later moved to work as a baker's assistant.
Now October is permanently employed as Chef de Partie at The Lord Charles Hotel near Somerset West.
He shares his inspiring story of hard work and determination and his recipe for success.
I started working at Pick n Pay when I was in standard 9, grade 11.— Ferdinand October
Circumstances at home were tough and the only person working at the time was my father.— Ferdinand October
I decided to drop out of school in my matric year and work. The next year I went back to finish.— Ferdinand October
I told the bakery manager that I wanted to work in the bakery section.— Ferdinand October
I want to become a Sous chef and run the pastry section.— Ferdinand October
Follow the recipe. Don't try take short cuts. Practice makes perfect at the end of the day. You will get there eventually.— Ferdinand October
Don't give up.— Ferdinand October
Take a listen to his moving life story: