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CAPE LEGENDS INTER HOTEL CHALLENGE

An initiative that is a powerful entity for the upliftment, training and nurturing of the thousands of young people that come into the hospitality industry, creating an opportunity for the participating hotels to become a unified force. In 2014 Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge has gone nationwide, launching in Cape Town, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal with 21 hotels coming on board and seeing a huge growth in this exciting project.  

Our stunning launch in Cape Town took place at the TAJ where they recently unveiled their new historic ‘Reserve’ ABC Banking Hall Est. 1927, set to become one of the Cape’s new most stylish venues. General Manager Michael Pownall made a major announcement at the launch; the magnificent TAJ Group in India is offering an inspirational prize for the winning Candidate Chef - a brilliant opportunity of a three week working visit to the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. Cape Legends will be providing the return flights for this valuable prize.  

Plaisir de Merle Winemaker Niel Bester, who will be mentoring our Candidate Wine Steward from Radisson Blu Waterfront, celebrated 20 years in 2012. "It was a challenge to create a true Plaisir style for this Distell flagship estate," he explains. In this he succeeded admirably, recently producing their first Méthode Cap Classique, the Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut - a stunning asset at any celebration!

 

(Above) Our Keynote Speaker Minister of South African Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk with his charming wife Suzette, TAJ Cape Town General Manager Michael Pownall, David Donde and Stewart Banner. (Right) Paul Hartmann (Chief Judge & Director South African Chefs Academy). 

(Above) MC Stewart Banner (Group Operations Director Vineyard Hotel) with Naas Erasmus (CEO Cape Legends) and Ross Sleet (Marketing Director Cape Legends) (Right) Lize-Marie Gradwell (Global Brand Manager Cape Legends) and Annette Kesler (Editor Showcook.com). 

At the Orientation held before the launch - our talented sommeliers in waiting - Candidate Wine Stewards with Managing Director Cape Wine Academy (CWA) Michelle Grimbeek who is providing a number of bursaries well over R35 000. 

(From left to right: Front) Sandile Mnyuka (Birkenhead House), Brian Braite Nhlanhla Mahlangu (The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa), Michelle Grimbeek, Mercy Mwai (One&Only Cape Town), Junior Moyo (Queen Victoria), Marlvin Gwese (Cape Grace) 
(Back) Ndaba Dube (Vineyard Hotel), Jean Claude Jacobs (Radisson Blu Waterfront), Chris de Klerk of Cape Legends who is both overall mentor and Judge this year, Robert Abrahams (Southern Sun The Cullinan & Southern Sun Waterfront - Tsogo Sun)

 

 

(Above) Charmaine Gola (Blogger On Line radio www.bloggeronlineradio.co.za), Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and Zodwa Hlatshwayo (CEO Blogger On Line Radio). (Right) The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa Candidate Wine Steward Brian Braite Nhlanhla Mahlangu with Asst. F&B Cecile Almazan.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa Pastry Sous Chef Nathan Jacobs with Candidate Chef Asanda Pubaso & Head Chef Michael McIntyre. Luscious canapés were prepared by our Cape Hotels, meticulously and creatively presented. (Right) Britt Geach (Khoisan Sea Salt) with Tanya Blokdyk (Global Brand Manager Cape Legends).

(Above) Ashleigh Christie and Andrew Rogers (CEO Hospitality Property Fund) who flew down from Gauteng to join us and who has generously presented a bursary for the most promising young candidate, which is a new category in 2014, including Aneke Kleynhans (Group Revenue Manager HPF). (Right) Dr Susanne Reuther (KitchenAidSA), who is presenting a very special new award for the top team, an award that will be closely contested by our three provinces. A superb sculpture by Rado Kirov, which will take pride of place in the winning hotel. Cape Legends Vital Team; Carli Jordaan, Dè-Mari Kellerman, Linda Christensen, Danelle Kietzman.   

Edward Morton (General Manager of La Residence) and Dagmar Schumacher (Süd-Afrika Magazin, Marco Polo Travel Guide and Architektur und Wohnen) (Right) Radisson Blu Waterfront Executive Chef Grant Kennedy, General Manager Debra Sivertsen and Deputy GM Marcel Eichenberger. 

Team players Plaisir de Merle and Radisson Blu Waterfront. (Centre) Richard Kellond (TRUTH.coffee Roasting) with Wolfgang Leyrer (Judge & Hospitality Consultant). (Right) Paul Hartmann and Lindi Gibbs (SACA)

(Above) Queen Victoria Chef de Cuisine James Dempster with Cape Grace Candidate Chef Artwell Muchenje, Queen Victoria Resident Manager Mike Vroom and Executive Chef of the three Newmark Group Hotels in the Waterfront Craig Paterson. Fleur du Cap Cellarmaster Andrea Freeborough have teamed up appropriately with Queen Victoria and looking forward to meeting Candidate Wine Steward Junior Moyo. The Newmark Group have, for the second year, generously provided a R15 000 cash prize - The Newmark Award. 

(Above) Cape Legend Brand Ambassadors; Marese Swanepoel, Dè-Mari Kellerman, Carli Jordaan, Danelle Kietzman. (Left) Cape Grace PR & Marketing Manager Karen Vollenhoven with Gert Böcking (Winning Candidate Chef 2013) and Mandy Rutherford (F&B Marketing & Research) (Right) Executive Chef Malika van Reenen with Candidate Chef Artwell Muchenje.

(Left) Cape Grace Candidate Wine Steward Marlvin Gwese. (Right) Brian and Jay Smith (Jay Smith Collection) Judge for ‘Best Table’ in shades of gold, well-known journalist Hilary Prendini Toffoli and Emilio Toffoli. (Above) Jenny Handley (Performance Management (JHP) and contributing editor to Cape Times/Careers) with Di Wemyss-Lilford (Cape Town representative Garden & Home)

Brenda Wilkinson of the stunning Rio Largo Olive Estate in the fertile Scherpenheuwel Valley (Centre) Roxanne and Naushad Khan (The Next48Hours) (Right) A special thank you to Willem du Toit (Director of Food & Beverage Taj Cape Town) and his team for creating such a superb occasion.  Rudi Liebenberg (Executive Chef Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel) winner of the KitchenAid ‘Best Bread’ category 2013, and who will be the host Executive Chef for the black tie celebratory dinner where all 21 hotels will be joining together on this splendid evening, 25th July.

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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Candidate Chef Matthew Paulsen will be mentored by Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg and teaming up with Durbanville Hills ready to meet Martin Moore their Cellarmaster. (Above Right) Jos Baker (Cape Times) and Gabrielle Palmer Bolton (Public Relations Manager, Africa Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel) with Gudrun Clark (GC Communications). (Right) Judy Brower CFO (Chief Food Organiser! at popular www.wine.co.za)

(Left) Enthusiastic One&Only Cape Town Candidate Chef Joyce Mecu with Executive Chef Roberto De Carvalho. (Centre) Dynamic restaurant consultant Judy Badenhorst with Debbie Hall (The Hall Collection & Judge for the ‘Best Table’) and Nancy Richards (SAfm). Pongrácz, sparkling as always, will be linking up with the ONE&ONLY Cape Town and Elunda Basson will be mentoring Candidate Wine Steward Mercy Mwai during their ‘Grape to Glass’ experience.   

(Left) One&Only Cape Town Candidate Wine Steward Mercy Mwai with recently graduated Sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoka (Winner 2013 Wine Steward and previous recipient of the CWA bursary). (Centre) Alyson Kessel (Floral Artist Birkenhead House & Winner of La Residence "Best Table 2013" - Part of the Royal Portfolio) Shania Herman (Food 24) and Ishay Govender-Ypma (www.foodandthefabulous.com)

(Above) Diana Romburgh (Guest Relations One&Only Cape Town) & Alan Romburgh (Former Director of the Cape Town Hotel School Granger Bay part of the faculty of Business at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology - CPUT).  (Right) Mishka Abdullatief & Jose Vilandy of TRUTH.coffee Roasting

(Above) Mark Lawson (TAJ Cape Town Executive Chef of Mint) with Candidate Chef Wynand van Rensburg. (Centre) Justine Kiggen (Food Editor Fair Lady) (Right) Carianne Wilson and Alicia Wilkinson who head up top cookery school Silwood. 

Executive Chef Shyam Longani TAJ Cape Town Bombay Brasserie. (Centre) Much admired Lomond will be linking with the TAJ and hosting their young Wine Candidate. (Right) Maryna Strachan (Editor & Communications Manager TWS Media) and Penny Haw (Business Day). 

 

(Above left) Vineyard Executive Chef Carl van Rooyen with Candidate Chef Ashleigh Green. (Centre) Roy Davies General Manager Vineyard Hotel. (Right) Matt Deitchman (F&B Vineyard Hotel) with Ndaba Dube (Candidate Wine Steward Vineyard Hotel and winner of the "Most Promising" candidate in 2013), and looks forward to their visit to Zonnebloem in May and meeting Cellarmaster Deon Boshoff.

 

Last year our glittering final function was held in their much admired conference centre surrounded by the exquisite gardens of this historic hotel.

 

Birkenhead House Executive Chef Brandon Souris with Candidate Chef Nombulelo Prins. (Centre) Michael Nel (Deputy General Manager The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa - Horst Frehse, their General Manager, was away in London with their full team at the annual Red Carnation Hotel Group bash.) Liz Biden of The Royal Portfolio and Shane Brummer (GM Birkenhead House) and (Right) Birkenhead House Candidate Wine Steward Sandile Mnyuka.

Edward Morton and Evan Sampson with Ricardo Roux (F&B Birkenhead House). Ricardo and the Birkenhead House team are looking forward to visiting Neethlingshof and meeting winemaker De Wet Viljoen. (Right) Howard Carter and Dr Sue Sheldon. 

(Left) Berniece Friedmann (Publicist) and Aubrey Ncgungama (Brand Ambassador One&Only Cape Town). (Right) Michael Olivier (www.MichaelOliver.co.za), Gudrun Clark (GC Communications) and Paula Wilson (Paula Wilson Media Consulting - PWMC)

(Left) Tsogo Sun Team for Cape Town - Southern Sun The Cullinan & Southern Sun Waterfront Candidate Chef Bradley Harry with Assistant Aphiwe Mzongwana and Executive Chef Lindsay Venn. (Right) Tsogo Sun Sommelier Georgio Meletiou with Gert Böcking (Cape Grace Winner of the 2013 Challenge). 

Le Bonheur’s Winemaker Lauren Snyman will be partnering and mentoring Candidate Wine Steward Robert Abrahams and together with Sommelier Georgio Meletiou (Southern Sun The Cullinan & Southern Sun Waterfront - Tsogo Sun) will be spending an informative day at one of the Cape’s most historic wine estates. Tsogo Sun will be awarding a working stint for the winning Wine Steward who will spend two or three days at each of their top properties around South Africa, being mentored by their skilled sommeliers.   

Kim Maxwell, Sam Linsell and Nicole Kuhnert - a bevy of food & wine writers. (Right) La Residence and Birkenhead House Part of the Royal Portfolio - Evan Sampson (2nd Place Winner 2013 Wine Steward), Shane Brummer, Edward Morton and Nick Solomon.

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