Bryan Montgomery Bursary Fund – the realisation of a dream


2016 has been nothing short of phenomenal for Adam Duncan, a student at the Silwood School of Cookery. He was announced as the most recent recipient of the Bryan Montgomery Bursary Fund at the inaugural Food & Hospitality Africa Show incorporating Hostex and IFEA, which took place from 3 to 5 May at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

The Bryan Montgomery Bursary Fund was created in honour of founding member Bryan Montgomery, who had a passion for all things culinary and did all he could to assist prospective students who faced budget constraints in terms of furthering their education. Hostex is honoured to have been awarding the fund through SACA annually since 2011.

The primary objective of this bursary fund is to offer financial support to culinary students. The fund offers R35 000 annually to one fortunate student who wishes to study at any SACA-approved culinary institution. The funding, which is paid directly to suppliers, assists in purchasing study aids such as text books, uniforms and cooking utensils. Applications for this bursary are viewed by a fund selection panel.

Adam expressed his gratitude: “The end goal is to own my own restaurant”, he said. “I’d like to build something I can be proud of which will eventually create opportunities for those, like myself, who do not have the means to fund their dreams – this has only been made possible by the generosity of the Bryan Montgomery Bursary Fund”.

Alicia Wilkinson (Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France), current principal of Silwood has commended Adam on his achievement by saying: “Adam has made everyone at our cookery school proud, as a chef he has worked hard to cultivate the right attitude and love for gaining the skills he requires to become a successful professional chef one day.”

If you are also a budding chef and wish to be considered for the next Bryan Montgomery Bursary Fund, please apply here:


The Food & Hospitality Africa (F&HA) Expo is the annual and only Pan-African food, drink and hospitality expo. It will take place for the second time at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 7 to 9 May 2017. The Food & Hospitality Africa Show is the result of a merger between the Hostex and IFEA shows, now bringing you the best food, drink and hospitality expos all under one roof!

Hostex is where the who’s who of the hospitality and foodservice industries have been coming to do business for the past 30 years. Previously consisting of over 180 exhibitors and visited by over 8 500 decision makers, this is where General Managers, F&B Managers, Chefs, Housekeepers and Buyers from renowned organisations such as Air Chefs, Anglo American, BCE Foodservice Equipment, Bidvest Foodservice & Catering Equipment, Department of Correctional Services, Hilton Hotel, Michelangelo Hotel, Nestle, Nespresso, Ocean Basket, SA Navy, Spur, Sun International, Shoprite, Tsogo Sun, Unilever Food Solutions, Vulcan Catering Equipment, Wimpy as well as Woolworths source, network, learn, buy and experience new products and services.

IFEAthe international food and drink exhibition – is the only global trade event of its kind on the African continent, and brings together the world’s leading food and drink brands, along with local producers and leading African brands, in order to meet retail and foodservice buyers, importers, distributors and wholesalers from across the continent. IFEA delivers the finest quality visitors to its exhibitors, including some of the most prestigious, influential and largest buyers of food and drink products in Africa, such as Holiday Inn, Hilton Worldwide, Bidvest, Seattle Coffee, Michelangelo Hotel, McDonald’s, Mugg & Bean, Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay, Engen, Famous Brands, The Maslow Hotel, Tsogo Sun, Wimpy, Doppio Zero, Food Lover’s Market, Cresta Hotels, Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant, Thyme on Nicol, Spar, The Saxon Hotel, Kauai, and many more.

With over 172 previous exhibitors from over 25 countries, the key ingredient at IFEA is innovation – in products, service, brands and opportunities. A hub for product innovations from successful up-and-coming brands, IFEA is THE platform for companies to extend their reach and capture crucial new market opportunities.

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