Realise A Dream

The Ladles of Love Young Food Entrepreneurship Development Programme and Competition.

Welcome to the Realise A Dream Competition (RAD). This entrepreneurship development programme aims to develop our young food entrepreneurs wanting to grow their business in the Cape!

Are you a young food entrepreneur? Are you between the ages of 18-34 years old with a dream of owning or growing your own business? RAD is looking for experienced chefs, caterers and bakers who want to enter their food brand into the market.

We invite you to enter the RAD programme and  competition for 2022! Our competition will be opening for Cape Town food entrepreneurs next year.

Read on for more information, how to get involved, our previous RAD contestants and what you can win with Realise A Dream.

What is the Realise A Dream Food Entrepreneurship Development Programme?

Realise a Dream was created in awareness of South Africa’s Youth Day celebrated on 16 June. The youth unemployment statistics in South Africa are at an all-time high. Many of our young people are still struggling to find work.

This is how the Ladles of Love Realise A Dream Entrepreneurship Development Programme was created. Through the upskill training, RAD aims to help young South African food entrepreneurs.

a young local male baker standing in the kitchen with his cake for the realise a dream entrepreneurship development programme and competition
children waiting in line to receive hot meals and sandwiches at a soup kitchen to advocate why malnutrition in children must end.
a young female chef dishing out african cuisine for the Realise a dream food entrepreneurship development programme from ladles of love

RAD offers the local food entrepreneur the opportunity to better grow their brand, market their product and an opportunity to establish themselves. The programme is led by industry experts who aim to develop South Africa’s economy through the development of new business initiatives.

This entrepreneurship development programme aims to create better employment opportunities and offer a solution to the broken food supply chain in our country. Therefore, your investment will empower young Cape Town chefs and food entrepreneurs to enter the industry, create new jobs and contribute to our local food supply.

Our RAD Finalists

Meet our RAD 2021 Finalists. Simply click on their profile image below to find our more on their amazing food businesses in Cape Town.

Genya Gluckman

Fazlin Isaacs

Ghabeebah Cloete

Miguel Blick

Bradwyn Joseph

Claudine Bansigayeko

Natasha Eckard

Thabisho Sechogela

Tsholofelo Masango

Keanu Johnston

Realise A Dream 2021

In May 2021, we launched RAD –  Realise A Dream. We called for young food entrepreneurs around the Cape to enter the competition. Entrants had to have a valid South African passport, be between the ages of 18-24 years and have a final product/menu. Fantastic prizes were offered to those who made the top 10 with 3 winners being chosen for the grand prize.

a young female food entrepreneur in workshop session for the RAD food entrepreneurship development programme and competition
young food entrepreneurs outside makers landing at the va waterfront for the RAD food entrepreneurship development programme and competition
dawn nathan jones sharing a course for young chefs and food artisans for the RAD food entrepreneurship development programme and competition
owner of makers landing preparing young food artisans and chefs for the RAD food entrepreneurship development programme and competition

Weeks went into preparation and training our RAD finalists to present their product on 16 June. Our RAD HQ was based at Makers Landing at the V&A Waterfront. Training was provided by Over the Rainbow, Maker’s Landing, GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World and Heavy Chef.

Each contestant had to present their product before a panel of judges which included celebrity chef Zola Nene, sustainability activist Mokgadi Itsweng and Woolworth Taste editor Abigail Donelley to name a few. Our judges were also representative of our business partners for the RAD competition.

a group of well known south african figures in the food industry for the RAD entrepreneurship development programme and competition
one of the young food entrepreneurs from cape town who is presenting for the RAD entrepreneurship development programme and competition

RAD 2021 Top 3 Finalists

food entrepreneur Thabisho Sechogela for the ladles of love RAD entrepreneurship development programme and competition

Thabiso Sechogela

young female food entrepreneur Genya Gluckman for the RAD entrepreneurship development programme and competition

Genya Gluckman

young male food entrepreneur Keanu Johnston from cape town for the RAD entrepreneurship development programme and competition

Keanu Johnston

RAD 2021 Prizes

  • Entrepreneurship Training and Kitchen Equipment sponsored by GrandWest
  • Business/food incubation training between 3-6 months at Maker’s Landing (V&A Waterfront)
  • Kitchen Credit at the Incubation Space for 3 months at Maker’s Landing (V&A Waterfront)
  • A One Day Food/Product Master Class at Maker’s Landing (V&A Waterfront)
  • Heavy Chef’s Membership for 6 months
  • One Year’s Subscription to TASTE Magazine
  • 6 Month Golden Circle Mentorship Programme from Over the Rainbow
  • Logo and Corporate Identity developed for your own brand from Over the Rainbow (For the top 10 entrants!)

(Prizes and courses are all aimed in creating positive outcomes of supporting local entrepreneurs in the food industry today)

a management consultant teaching a class from over the rainbow for the RAD entrepreneurship development programme and competition

How Can You Get Involved?

Creating change and opportunities in our communities is not something we can achieve alone. Therefore, the Realise a Dream Food Entrepreneurship Development Programme is open to potential partnerships and sponsors. Together, we can better create better food entrepreneurs in the Cape’s food industry!

Let’s aim to develop our local food supply chain and end hunger and malnutrition in our communities. We invite your business to help invest through the financial, product or service donations.

DONATE TO RAD TODAY

Each investment will contribute towards the Realise a Dream Food Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

We invite your business to help develop our local economy while developing your own CSI initiatives through a partnership with RAD. The programme opportunities for brand exposure through our platforms to also help grow your market sustainability and authentically.

a group of young food artisans standing by grandwest banners for the rad programme that supports positive outcomes of supporting local entrepreneurs

Contact us directly to get your business involved via email: info@ladlesoflove.org.za

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