PÂTISSIERS ON THE RISE

To become a pastry chef you need dedication to perfection because nothing less will do. Those who succeed are eagerly sought after as there is a worldwide shortage of artistic and talented pâtissiers. They have the precious gift of producing exquisite confectionary that stuns the eye and delights the palate. SINDI MBILIDurban ICC I’ve been […]

RIO LARGO OLIVE OIL

Celebrating 10 Years! The Rio Largo Olive Estate is situated in the Scherpenheuwel Valley, on the Southern banks of the Breede River in the Western Cape. (Rio Largo is Portuguese for ‘wide river’) Owned by Nick and Brenda Wilkinson, Rio Largo has been producing award-winning olive oil since the first harvest in 2010; awards achieved […]

MEET & GREET

The Distell Inter Hotel Challenge focuses on the role of mentorship, the youth and their bright future in the hospitality world. Vital tomorrow’s hospitality industry players meet the needs for Tourism in South Africa. AYABONGA MAKUPULA The President Hotel “My name is Ayabonga Makupula, I’m a Restaurant & Bar Supervisor at the President Hotel. My […]

MEET & GREET

Distell showed great vision when they took up the challenge in 2013 to assist aspiring wine stewards around South Africa, a decision that was fully justified by the young candidate’s eagerness to understand and absorb the finer nuances in the culture of the grape. Learning about Distell’s superb spirits; brandy, whisky, gin and vodka have […]

MEMORABLE FLEUR DU CAP

The generosity of nature and the dedication of a devoted team ensures only the finest grapes are selected to produce wines of abundant flavour and character. In 1968, the first vintages of the much loved Fleur du Cap range were launched under the watchful eye of the manager of wine production, Dr Julius Laszlo, his […]

GARNERING ACCOLADES, ZONNEBLOEM

Craftsmanship is at the heart of wines produced from grapes using the earth as their canvas and winemakers who use the skills developed over generations to produce rich varietals and outstanding blends. Following in the footsteps of the ground-breaking Marie Furter comes a bevy of female winemakers at Zonnebloem. Elize Coetzee is cellar master, Bonny […]

THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BRANDIES, VAN RYN’S

A portfolio of fine potstill brandy that can rightfully claim the trophy for Best Brandy Worldwide for a record nine times since 2004 at leading international wine and spirits competitions. Established in 1845 by Cape brandy pioneer Jan Van Ryn, the Van Ryn’s Distillery in Stellenbosch earned their first international award for exceptional brandy quality […]

CONCIERGE’S CHOICE

“We Are Worth Waiting For!” Until the time comes to explore the beautiful city, Cape Town. #WeAreWorthWaitingFor Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Tourism says, “Tourism is an economic lifeline for many small to medium-sized businesses in Cape Town and accounts for thousands of jobs in our city. The City, in partnership […]

A MASTERCLASS WITH TOGARA MABHARANI

Togara Mabharani, Master Baker at Belmond Mount Nelson and multiple Distell Inter Hotel Challenge award-winning ‘Bio-Wheat Baker of the Year’ gives us some insight and the finer points on preparing sourdough bread. Over the years Togara has been mentored by Head Pastry Chef Craig Hibbert, under the auspices of Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg at Belmond […]

FROM THE FOURIE’S KITCHEN

Our Candidate Bakers and Pastry Chefs have the privilege of baking with BIO-WHEAT™ Stone Ground Unbleached Natural Flour by Golden Reef Milling, produced by the Fourie family on their farm near Caledon in the Overberg. BIO-WHEAT™ flour is stone ground slowly between the stones without exposing it to excessive heat, thereby retaining the nutritional vitamins, […]

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