One of South Africa’s most knowledgeable Food & Wine Judges, Chris de Klerk (Cape Wine Master, Wine Ambassador Distell) shared insights into the art of food and wine pairing. Introducing the fine wines of Distell and choice spirits, and of course the magnificent prize…
The ‘Wine Steward of the Year’ will win an enviable travel experience with Distell, exploring the world of wines and spirits embarking on a brilliant ten-day trip to London, guest of Red Carnation, The Montague on the Gardens while working closely with the 67 Pall Mall sommelier team – the most exclusive wine club in the heart of St James then on to Scotland with visits to top Distell distilleries including Deanston and Bunnahabhain, to France; Cognac and Bordeaux.
Guest Speaker Harold ”Harry” Melck is an eighth-generation descendant of the well-known Cape family and a chartered accountant by profession. He has spent 20 years specialising in providing strategic, leadership and business transformation advice to organisations as a consultant or as a permanent member of their management teams.
Harry is the latest Cape Wine Master graduate and joins CWA with a wealth of experience in the education sector. His last role was as the Chief Operating Officer of Milpark Education, a private higher and FET provider. This has given him deep understanding and insight into the trends facing the new age of learning.
Candidate Chef: Nancy Rowena Minords The Royal Portfolio – The Silo
Nancy found her bliss in the kitchen at a very young age and realised that being a chef was her true calling. Preparing meals for friends and family and enjoying food with loved ones made her happy and with this realisation, she applied to CPUT to study Hospitality Management.
During her studies she joined the brigades of many of Cape Towns 5* hotels and she did her 3rd-year placement at The Silo Hotel. This is where she met her mentor, Chef Ziyaad Brown. Working with Ziyaad she realised the artistry behind creating menus and dishes.
Ziyaad inspires her daily to better herself. Ziyaad believes ‘Chefs don’t dish, we plate’ and this motto has resonated with Nancy as she believes that food is art.
Nancy is currently a Demi Chef de Partie with Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert at The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel which is a member of The Royal Portfolio, where with her team she aspires to give her guests a complete experience and a perfect stay every time.
Candidate Wine Steward: Matthew Ntsele One&Only Cape Town
His journey started in 2006 aged 19 employed at L’Oréal South Africa cosmetics as a sales representative. During this time he was pursuing engineering studies on a full-time basis and working part-time. In 2009 he went on to join Electro Technical Agency as a junior automation technician. Although his direction appeared distant to a career in hospitality, unforeseen circumstances changed his path.
It was due to a relocation in 2011 that he was in between work and an opportunity arose to join a fine dining establishment in his home town, Durban. After three years of being active in hospitality from waiter to barman, self-taught barrister and eventually restaurant manager he has presented a new opportunity in e-commerce. Between 2014 and 2016 he worked with an e-commerce retailer for a leather gallery, a fast growing premium furniture retail company and Peg Surf, simultaneously. During this time he acquired skills in sales and marketing, web development, social media marketing, chain supply and inventory control. Yet a journey to Cape Town would soon redirect Matthew back into hospitality.
2016 brought a new love affair after visiting Cape Town twice he decided to make the city his home. Matthew was initially employed by Cattle Baron in the heart of one of Cape Town ’s major wine regions, Constantia but this time was short lived. He went on to join the Kove Collection where he dabbled in mixology.
In 2017 he finally joined One&Only Cape Town as a waiter and this is where he renders his services to date. Throughout the years Matthew has maintained his keenness for wines and spirits and seeks to expand his knowledge to grow as a sommelier.
Candidate Wine Steward: Matakatso Moshoeshoe Spier Hotel
“I am originally from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape,” says Matakatso “coming from a small family of four where I was the youngest. I grew up being a very curious child and always interested to know more. This shaped me to be the women I am today.
Hospitality has always been a part of my upbringing, whenever we had visitors my parents taught us to offer them something to drink. This laid the foundation of my career today.
After graduating from high school, I started doing promotional work for 2 years and realized working with people has always been part of my journey. I joined a non-profit organisation called Love Life where we focussed on educating the youth on living a healthy lifestyle.
Only in 2014, I started to learn about wine and the more I learned the more I needed to know. I did a preliminary wine course and never looked back, I found my passion.
In 2016 I worked as a junior wine steward at a five-star restaurant, Sun international The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth, now I have joined the Spier team as a wine advisor and obtained a WSET level 2 qualification. I would love to further my studies and look forward to what the future holds.”