Post matric, Patience’s goal was to enroll on a degree in cheffing in one of the South African universities. However, due to financial constraints, she couldn’t obtain admission. However, she did manage to enroll in a diploma course in catering and management at Mount Grace College of Excellence in 2002. Upon completion of her diploma, she attended a number of workshops at the Professional Cooking Academy to increase her kitchen experience. These courses served as a prerequisite for her Professional Chef diploma from Damelin Correspondence College, which she obtained in the year 2009.
During that period, she was offered employment at ETALI Safari Lodge and later at JACI’s Safari and Tree Lodges in 2006. A year later, she was offered a post at Royal Madikwe Luxury Residence as a Head chef which added towards her practical hours of experience required by Damelin College. Her passion for cooking and self development continued to grow and she voluntarily took on other duties above her job description with the aim of qualifying herself for better posts.
Sadly, after 5 years of service (2012), Royal Mandikwa Luxury Residence had to retrench some of the staff members and Patience was part of the batch. Little did she know that it was a blessing in disguise. In the same year she joined the Thornybush Waterside Lodge as a head chef and led the team for 8 years and was transferred to Saseka Tented Camp which is where she remains to date. Her qualities certified her as a professional chef by the South African Chefs Association as of the 1st February 2021.