OUT TO LUNCH AT Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani at SKY Venue

Durban has always been an enthusiastic and dedicated supporter of the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge which has been enormously heartwarming. So it is with particular pleasure that we begin a fresh year in the unique setting here in the SKY Venue at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani overlooking the Indian Ocean in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. We would […]


These are exceptional opportunities for anyone wanting to accelerate their hospitality careers.  The ‘Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge Wine Steward of the Year 2022’ Pieter Bekker (Taj Cape Town) (Pongrácz & Three Ship) will look forward to a 10-day internship in Ireland at the celebrated The Lodge at Ashford Castle with the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Irish […]

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In the ten years since the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge began we have seen many profound changes and none more so than the devastating COVID years. For one brief moment we wondered whether the Challenge could continue. It is testament to our partners; the hotel industry, our farming community, the wine and spirit makers and of […]


JUDGING PANEL: Wine and spirit service: Sandy Harper and Jean-Vincent Ridon Wine and food pairing: Penelope Horwood, Aubrey Ngcungama, Karen Bloom and Mark O’Flaherty, Germain Lehodey and Kristina Beuthner. Food Judges: Hugh von Zahn with Jane-Therese Mulry (JHB), Fatima Stanley (KZN) and Jocelyn Meyers-Adams (CPT) Kitchen skills: Carl van Rooyen (Capsicum Culinary Academy Cape Town), Candice Adams […]

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