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2019 Distell Inter Hotel Challenge Orientation Day in Durban, Kwazulu Natal


11 April 2019

Orientation day for the KZN Candidates, Hosted by the Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward.

A day of learning from the best for motivation and inspirations! Diverse subjects such as finance, entrepreneurship, teamwork, leadership besides being introduced to the passionate farmers who have flown in for the day to share their products and knowledge on sustainable farming - the future for our health. In-depth discussions on the fine wine and spirits of Distell by Chris de Klerk plus handed over valuable study material on South African Wine from the Cape Wine Academy  as the Wine Stewards will need to be proficient and ready for their exam in May. (This year we are looking for Distinctions)

Each year we are fortunate to return to KZN for our Launch, this year was no exception. The elegant evening on Thursday 14th March was held at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani in The Tugela Room.

Shaun Munro and his really splendid team produced a scintillating special occasion. The tables were exquisite in shades of deep wine hydrangeas and softest pink roses. The delicious dinner was prepared by Beverly Hills, Durban International Convention Centre, Protea Hotels by Marriott Edward and Protea Hotels by Marriott Umhlanga Ridge each playing their part in producing this exquisite menu, a collaborative effort!

What makes KwaZulu-Natal very special is that there is a warmth. This quality embraces their caring mentorship and enthusiasm, which is one reason why KZN continues to punch above its weight.

The Distell Inter Hotel Challenge aims to encourage development in the hospitality industry, giving a much-needed leg up to young talent. It is an annual challenge run by Showcook, where hotels in South Africa are matched with Distell's fine wines and spirits. Young wine stewards & chefs are nominated by their hotels and compete annually for the top spot. The candidates receive training, do cook-offs and exams to improve and test their skills and awarded at a glittering 'Oscars' event in August.