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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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NEW! FRENCH CONNECTION

 

With Nadia Graves

 

 

Nadia Graves was raised in Cape Town by her French mother and French/Italian grandmother, both loved cooking and instilled in Nadia very early on a love of food.  

 

 

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ECO ADVENTURES IN ROCKTAIL BAY

 

Roy Watts visits the Maputaland Marine Reserve
and we share in their spectacular biosphere

 

 

Nestling in a dune forest in a remote corner of South Africa, the Rocktail Bay Beach Camp is custodian to one of the premier dive sites of the world. Every year pregnant ragged tooth sharks come to an underwater cave system to have their pups. It is also where giant leatherback turtles return to the place where they hatched 20 years ago to lay their eggs. Both these events occur in December, January and February every year. 

 

 

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THE WHITE WATERS OF CHIANG MAI

 

Travel with Roy Watts to Thailand which
has been a permanent item on his bucket list.

 

 

Since I lived in a converted teak rice barn in the tiny village of Talad Mai 20kms north of Chiang Mai back in 2004 I have always wanted to return. There is a wonderful simplicity to life there. The weather is generally fine, the cost of living very low, and the Buddhist ethos of peace and goodwill has filtered through to the national psyche. There are plenty of things to do in a country steeped in cultural, historic and culinary interest, along with places of great natural beauty. There is also lots of scope for fantastic adventures. 

 

 

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