From trolley collector to qualified chef: This is Ferdi October's moving story

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.

Read also: Meet Vusumuzi Ndlovu, the young SA chef named among the best in the world

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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson talks all things diabetes #CheckWhatMatters

[LISTEN] CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson talks all things diabetes #CheckWhatMatters

14 November is World Diabetes Day and Pippa presents a live broadcast from the Mediclinic in Stellenbosch.

Unauthorised debit orders: When last did you checked your bank statement?

Unauthorised debit orders: When last did you checked your bank statement?

Unauthorised debit orders are a huge problem affecting thousands of South Africans.

Koeksisters and Koesisters, what's the difference?

Koeksisters and Koesisters, what's the difference?

Food anthropologist, chef and author, Anna Trapido, explains the difference between two South African specialities.

Meet Vusumuzi Ndlovu, the young SA chef named among the best in the world

Meet Vusumuzi Ndlovu, the young SA chef named among the best in the world

Rising culinary star Vusumuzi Ndlovu cooked up a storm at an international competition and secured a spot in the global top 7.

Restaurants need to cut it with the pompous menu-speak, says Pete Goffe-Wood

Restaurants need to cut it with the pompous menu-speak, says Pete Goffe-Wood

Celeb chef and restaurateur Pete Goffe-Wood says he's had it with the pretentiousness of the local restaurant scene.

WATCH: Celeb chef Kamini Pather and Ucook add some flavour to risotto recipe

WATCH: Celeb chef Kamini Pather and Ucook add some flavour to risotto recipe

Contestants recreate a unique chicken risotto recipe offered by dinner kit delivery service Ucook and famed chef Kamini Pather.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach withdraws her candidacy for NDPP post

[LISTEN] DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach withdraws her candidacy for NDPP post

Breytenbach was one of 12 candidates shortlisted for the position.

'I felt racially profiled at Wellness Warehouse'

'I felt racially profiled at Wellness Warehouse'

Efua Prah shares how she felt she was racially profiled while shopping, a problem she says exists in many Cape Town outlets.

Water restrictions see 17 municipal pools across CT open from December

Water restrictions see 17 municipal pools across CT open from December

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says four of the existing municipal pools will be converted into salt water pools.

Ever wondered why university vice-chancellors earn millions. Here's why

Ever wondered why university vice-chancellors earn millions. Here's why

CEO of Universities SA, Professor Ahmed Bawa explains why university vice-chancellors earn a lot of money while students struggle.