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 […]


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 […]

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