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The chef who plates with Passion! Candidate Chef: Riashnie Thaver Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Riashnie Thaver is proof that good things do come in small packages! The energetic 19-year old commis chef at Durban’s iconic Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel’s Grill Jichana restaurant has been working her magic in the kitchen, so much […]


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 […]


The Distell Inter Hotel Challenge Orientations are held around South Africa each year for our candidates, but overall what is most important is we hold these for a purpose and a very important one: to provide an inspired vision from guest speakers who have had huge experience in their fields and therefore can offer the distilled […]


Our South African olive oil ambassador at large. Brenda Wilkinson of Rio Largo Olive Estate shares the virtues of extra virgin olive oil, which, unlike wine, should be enjoyed as fresh as possible! On opening the oil container, the aroma must be fresh and fruity and the taste should have sensations of bitterness (mouth) and […]

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