SEE! CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

 

There is an art to designing a balanced menu, describing dishes precisely, exciting both the palate and the imagination using choice ingredients; premium SA Pork in myriad ways, Lancewood soft white cheese, Rio Largo olive oil and Khoisan sea salt, paired with fine wines from Cape Legends and spirits from Distell. 

 

 

The vital aim of the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge is to encourage development in the hospitality industry that will give a much-needed leg up to young talent. Mentorship, recognition of talent and enthusiasm has been a part of the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge from the beginning. See link to Cook-Offs…

 

 

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NEW IN BOOKS FOR COOKS! JAN - A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR

 

 

 

A WINNING CHEF Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen at his restaurant in France is clearly in a sweet space having finally achieved the restaurant in Nice that he always desired. Today, Jan is the first South African to ever be awarded a one Michelin star in the 2016 French Guide Michelin - an enviable achievement. 

 

 

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NEW! GRAPE TO GLASS 2016

IN THE ENCHANTING WINELANDS OF THE CAPE

 

 

 

 

23 Wine Stewards from around South Africa, proudly representing their individual hotels, were put through their paces at a series of valuable and comprehensive workshops held over a period of three days by the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) and the Cape Wine Academy both at The Westin Grand, and later at Van Ryn’s Distillery. There they hosted a number of superb whisky, brandy, cognac and sherry tastings conducted by experts in their field.

 

Guided cellar tours and wine tastings took place at several stunning estates, including the historic Die Bergkelder, situated in and around the Cape winelands, part of Distell’s Luxury Wines collection, where our candidates were riveted by top winemakers who shared their knowledge and wine lore with them over the very special day. 

 

 

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NEW! CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

 

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa was the
elegant home for the first of five events celebrating
the launch of the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2016

A five part series - Part One

 

 

The weather was ideal, an exquisite day with a sea that barely rippled, indeed The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa was a stunning venue. The lunch took place in a superb cream marquee that showed off the table arrangements to perfection. Lunch, a collaborative menu, was masterminded by five Executive Chefs of the Cape’s top hotels; Rudi Liebenberg (Belmond Mount Nelson), Grant Cullingworth (The Westin), Shyam Longani (Taj Cape Town), Craig Carmichael (Radisson Blu Le Vendome) and Christo Pretorius (The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa) who was overseas at the time attending the Red Carnation’s annual gala event. In his absence the stunning main course was prepared by their Head Chef, Michael McIntyre. 

 

 

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NEW! CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

 

Sun International The Maslow in Gauteng,
home of the second of five events
celebrating the launch of the
Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2016

A five part series - Part Two 

 

 

The rain cleared and we were fortunate to have an ideal day for our delightful Sunday alfreso lunch in a spreading Bedouin tent in the charming shaded garden of The Maslow. Lunch, a collaborative menu, was masterminded by five Chefs of Gauteng’s top hotels; Phil de Villiers (Executive Chef, 54 on Bath), Tarryn Coetzee (Sous Chef, Southern Sun Hyde Park), Executive Chef Jason Millar and Adrian Vaughan (Sous Chef, The Maslow), Jacques Etsebeth (Executive Chef Protea Hotel Balalaika) and Gerard Vingerling (Executive Head Chef The Palazzo). 

 

 

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NEW! CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

 

The Protea Hotel Edward in Durban was
the glamorous home for the third of five events
celebrating the launch of the
Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2016

A five part series - Part Three 

 

 

The lunch took place in one of their two large interleading dining rooms, under the original crystal chandeliers; gladioli and hydrangeas were in shades of blue and white, tables dressed in pearl damask. The collaborative menu, orchestrated by Daryn Bowers, Executive Chef Protea Hotel Edward with each hotel preparing their own special course; Shaun Munro (Executive Chef Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani), Constantijn Hahndiek (Executive Chef Hartford House) and Tony Kocke (Executive Chef The Beverly Hills). 

 

 

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NEW! CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

 

Lovely Arabella Hotel & Spa was the home
for the fourth event celebrating the launch of the
Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2016

A five part series - Part Four

 

 

 

The impressive Arabella Hotel & Spa was a stunning spacious venue for the lunch, which took place in their private restaurant overlooking the golf course, the lagoon and the sea beyond. The table, set in vivid blue and white, set off the striking pink proteas to perfection. Lunch was stunning, an excellent collaborative menu masterminded by three of the Executive Chefs of the region; Uwe Grote (The Arabella Hotel & Spa), by Jean Pierre la Motte (NH The Lord Charles Hotel) and by Benjamin Conradie (Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). 

 

 

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NEW! CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

Sun International The Table Bay Hotel
was the home for the fifth and final event
celebrating the launch of the
Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2016 

A five part series - Part Five 

 

 

 

Lunch, a collaborative menu, was masterminded by six Executive Chefs of the Cape’s top hotels; Malika van Reenen (Cape Grace), Warwick Thomas (Cape Town International Convention Centre), Henrico Grobbelaar (Southern Sun The Cullinan), Roberto de Carvalho (One&Only Cape Town) and Carl van Rooyen (Vineyard Hotel) with Jocelyn Myers-Adams (Table Bay Hotel) at the helm! 

 

 

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NEW! SHOWTIME

A TALE OF THREE CITIES

 

 

 

The vital Orientations for the challenge this year were held at the Southern Sun The Cullinan, the flagship of Tsogo Sun in Cape Town, the stylish 54 on Bath in Gauteng and in Durban at the iconic Beverly Hills. 

 

 

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NEW! LONDON LETTER

 

By Astrid Michelow

 

 

Some years have passed since I last wrote my London Letter. At that time, we were still immersed in the banking crisis and were reeling from the effects of a global downturn. Today I ask myself what has changed in the ensuing years to this ‘green and pleasant land… this Sceptred Isle’. The answer which immediately comes to mind is that the Majesty of England is immutable. The history, the culture, the awe inspiring architecture and just the grandiose quality of all that we see around us remains breathtakingly beautiful and unchanged. Yet ironically there are changes… 

 

 

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