Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA's hospitality talent

Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent
Listing Category
Short Description
Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA's hospitality talent
Description

The winners of the 2020 Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge were announced last night (3 March 2021) at the Taj Cape Town’s Bombay Brasserie, putting the spotlight on South Africa's talented young chefs, sommeliers and stewards. And following in the wake of a year which severely impacted on the South African tourism and hospitality sectors these awards shine like a bright light of hope and inspiration!  

Cocktail stars:

The categories of the 2020 Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge encompassed a wide field of hospitality talent including concierges, wine stewards, baristas, bakers, chefs, pastry chefs and more. Shining in the category for creative cocktails, were three innovative young contenders who took top honours: Keegan Terry (Belmond Mount Nelson) with his Passion Fruit Sunset cocktail, made with Three Ships Whisky; Justice Zondo of the Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani with his Sea Sour cocktail, created with Scottish Leader Whisky and Emile Liebenberg (The Liz McGrath Collection) with his Senza Cruz cocktail, created with Cruz and S. Pellegrino Essenza. (Get the recipes for these three cocktails here)

Keegan Terry
Justice Zondo
Emile Liebenberg

Says Annette Kesler of Showcook.com, who has been running the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge since 2013: “The year 2020 is one that will remain indelibly imprinted on our memories. For the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge, watching the hospitality industry come to a standstill was devastating. For a brief moment, we wondered if the challenge could even continue. It is testament to our partners, the hotels, food producers, wine and spirit makers... and the tenacity of our candidates and their mentors, that  we celebrate the end of a successful 2020 Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge.

“The core objectives that lie at the heart of the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge, now in its ninth year, remain unchanged. We are about mentorship for the next generation of hospitality giants in South Africa. The young men and women we meet as candidates throughout the challenge, are the same individuals who go on to become the leading lights in South Africa’s hospitality industry. Hospitality is the backbone of tourism, a core South African sector. Without programs like this, and the passionate commitment of our sponsors, the hotels and their management teams, sommeliers, executive chefs, farmers, food and beverage producers and educators across the disciplines, our hotel industry would not be able to sustain the high standards by which we are known around the globe.”

Kesler also explained that it’s now more important than ever before to offer opportunities to young South Africans. “Our country’s youth is in an employment crisis. Currently, just a little over one out of every two South Africans between the age of 15 and 34 are unemployed, not in school or in any formal educational program. This year, the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge is placing even stronger emphasis on facilitating a platform that allows the industry to join forces to change the lives of young talent across the country.”

 

For more information contact:

  • Dennis Matsane/Pamela Manda (Distell Corporate Communications Department, Phone 021 809 7000
  • Phumza Rengqe, Distell Corporate Affairs (Marketing) Phone 021 809 7000
  • Marlise Potgieter/Elizna Van Eeden (August Collective) Phone 072 562 5307/082 266 8891 or marlise@augustcollective.co.za / elizna@augustcollective.co.za

 

  • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent
  • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent
  • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent
  • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent
  • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent
  • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge honours SA’s hospitality talent

Send Message to listing owner