Godiraone Monageng is one of the most successful and first Motswana who started an institution that teaches the young children how to cook. Young Chefs Academy ( YCA) was established in April 2003. Young Chefs Academy offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient at YCA, each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, a pinch of menu planning, and laughter to taste.
In an interview with Young Chefs CEO, Godiraone Monageng, 32 she lamented that she was so worried and concerned about those students failing at school and afterwards nowhere to go though they are good at the kitchen. She said that it came into her mind to open an institution that will cater for those students and believes its good to start with children . . “ Some children normally fail to complete their studies and life becoming so hard to them, but sitting down with their cooking skills”, she said. she loved working with kids. “ Since I was young I do loved working with kids as is so amazing, am really enjoying being with them”, she said.
Monageng stated that her project is more successful and she works with any child, the special needs children,the less privileged and any child from all parts of the world.
Monageng believes this is the perfect recipe for showing children cooking is a lifelong skill that can be artistic, creative, and can sustain their lives through cooking . The welcoming environment provides a “real” setting so that the students can take what they learn at YCA to their own homes.
The kitchen is the pulse of the home where we learn about life and each other,” says Monageng. Young Chefs Academy nourishes those values and gives kids an innovative environment to learn and thrive.
Monageng emphasized that she applied for sponsorships from the Ministry of Youth to develop the school so that more students can enroll. As a determined young lady prosperity followed her and she highlighted that she found a lot of support from people and she even expected the sponsorship from the government. In the next 5 years the well determined young lady is planning to develop the academy into an institution whereby many children would be able to learn.