So good to have met all the Candidate Bakers at the various regional Cook-Offs and seen their superb bread entries! KIRSTIN HELLEMANN Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town   Kirstin Hellemann says, “I’m a determined person always striving to do better than what I was yesterday. In five years I would like to have […]


CHELSEA SMITH Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town Chelsea Smith says, “I am passionate, independent and loyal towards my creative craft. I would like to become a Pastry Sous Chef. I’d love to visit Dubai.” LUSHANO ALCOCK The Vineyard Hotel “I started my chef career in 2011 with the National Youth Training Program, sponsored by […]


The highlight, as always, when each of the superb hotels introduced their team. Rapt attention from the audience and heartwarming performances from the Candidates as they unfolded their individual aspirations.  KIM GROSCHMount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town  Kim Grosch says, “I’m passionate about my trade with a ‘go getter’ attitude. In five years I’d […]


Nederburg Wines has a long and proud winemaking legacy. What a joy for our Wine Stewards of the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge 2021 to engage with the makers of award-winning Nederburg ahead of their wine service presentations to the judges in November. See more… https://www.nederburg.com/history-of-nederburg-wines/ ZINASCHKE STEYN, NEDERBURG’S RED-WINEMAKER At first glance, it seems an unlikely […]

Cook-Off & Presentation Showcase

Whether it be chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, baristas or beverage students across the board these young people represent the future of the vital Food & Beverage Industry in South Africa. This year, 35 highly motivated students representing seven of the Western Cape’s top culinary and hospitality academies  competed in the 11th annual Cook-Off on Saturday 21st August, […]

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