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Wonderful Aromas…

The Cape Cook-Offs were held at Capsicum Culinary Studio on Tuesday 11th and 12th June and what two days those proved to be!  ~ The Chefs streamed in early that morning, the kitchen was quiet and ordered as everyone went about setting up efficiently and so the hours ticked by until the first candidates presented to our […]

Expectations are high…

Exposure to the international hospitality industry is an important ingredient to the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge as the top candidates in both the chef and wine stewards categories will be flown overseas for an intensive mentorship experience with some of the most famous international names and venues in the world.  The teams from Gauteng Protea Hotels […]

Plating with passion

Riashnie Thaver Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani While the focus is on development and mentorship, the Challenge has also created a wonderful team spirit among the respective hotel’s food and beverage crews. It not only has an enormously positive effect on the morale of newcomers to this world but gives them a chance to fast track […]

Meet the Candidates

Candidate Chef: Percy Leso Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton “I am 28 years old,” says Percy. “In 2011 I began my orientation training learning about the industry. My initial focus was to be a hotel manager one day, but then I went into the kitchen and found this was truly where my passion […]

Meet the Candidates

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 […]

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