INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE
The hotel industry in South Africa, one of our strongest pillars of tourism, is playing an enormous role in the upliftment, training, mentoring and nurturing of thousands of young people that come into the industry. They arrive, often with little education and few skills, at the bottom of the ladder. These trainees, representative of our multi faceted cultures each with their unique culinary heritage, provide the backbone of our hotel kitchens and beyond. From these small beginnings to successful careers!
Showcook’s role in the Inter Hotel Challenge is to provide the opportunity and inspiration for the most talented, creative trainees. Giving them goals and the possibility of achieving success, not only in South Africa, but internationally to become ambassadors for our hospitality industry.
Over the years, through their development and tenacity, these trainees have gone on to become excellent chefs at our unrivalled safari lodges and restaurants, made a name for themselves as authors, starred on television and made an impact through social networks, thus honouring their mentors in the broadest sense and acknowledging the selfless, unstinted assistance they received.
This applies equally to the role of the wine stewards who are put through a rigorous training programme. It is gratifying to see the amazing development, sheer determination and concentration they bring to this role as they strive to achieve the goal of becoming a fully fledged sommelier.
The ten major top hotels participating in this initiative are;
Bushmans Kloof, Cape Grace, Mount Nelson, One&Only Cape Town, Queen Victoria, Radisson Blu, Taj Cape Town, The Royal Portfolio, The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa and The Vineyard Hotel & Spa.
The Cook-Off for the trainees and wine stewards will take place at the South African Chefs Academy (SACA) on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August where they will present a well-balanced three-course menu paired with Cape Legends’ wines, using versatile pork from the Western Cape Pork Producers, an association that is enviable in their approach to responsible farming with the finest input worldwide.
The wine stewards will be under the close watch of The South African Sommelier Association (SASA), established in 2010 as an integral part of the food and wine industry with the vision to promote a culture of fine wine, food and service excellence in South Africa. *
The black tie celebratory gala dinner will be held at the historic Vineyard Hotel & Spa on Thursday, 26th September, where Executive Sous Chef Shane Louw will prepare the dinner around the winning dishes partnered by Cape Legends’ wines.
The splendid tables each with their silver and white theme will be judged by Floral Artist Flower Walker and Interior Designer Jay Smith. While the bread and butter will also come under close scrutiny of Dr Susanne Reuther of KitchenAid.
Annette Kesler says, “Excellence begins with the hospitable gesture of serving the finest bread and butter!”
BUSHMANS KLOOF – LOMOND
CAPE GRACE – PLAISIR DE MERLE
MOUNT NELSON – UITKYK Wine & Brandy
ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN – LE BONHEUR
QUEEN VICTORIA – DURBANVILLE HILLS
RADISSON BLU – FLEUR DU CAP
TAJ CAPE TOWN – ZONNEBLOEM
THE ROYAL PORTFOLIO – STELLENZICHT
THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA – NEETHLINGSHOF
VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA – DESIDERIUS & PONGRACZ
See also feature in Business Day:
StreetSmart SA, Our Kids of the Cape and Friends of ARO Outreach.
* SASA is a non-profit, membership driven organization and aims to offer its services to local and international Sommeliers, in being the contact and network portal for industry professionals. The association aims to provide training and mentorships to guarantee the continuous development of professional standards of the highest level.
Tel: (021) 552 3716
South African Chefs Academy
Tel: (021) 447 3168
Lize-Marie Gradwell and Melissa Fall
Tel: (021) 809 8340 and (021) 937 3229
Western Cape Pork Producers
Tel: 082 826 3173
Khoisan Trading Company (Pty) Ltd
Tel: (021) 761 6243
Tel: (021) 418 0621
Kids of the Cape & Friends of ARO Outreach
Tel: (021) 657 4500
South African Sommelier Association
Tel: (072) 194 7010