The annual Cape Legends Inter-hotel Challenge Awards held their prize-giving event in the Cape Sun ballroom recently. This prestigious event is the brainchild of Annette Kesler of Showcook, and has blossomed into a major contest in the South African hospitality stakes.
In the Chef category, Charmainne Deacon of the Cape Grace hotel scooped the winning slot, which will see her spend a three-week working holiday at the Shangri-La hotel in Dubai. She also took home the SAPPO Purple Ribbon and the ScanPan Excellent Kitchen Practice Award. With her is Malika van Reenen Executive Chef of Cape Grace,
In the Wine Steward category Mpho Masiu, also of the Cape Grace, paired with Lomond Wines, and was awarded the Cape Wine Academy top bursary, winning a travel experience with Tsogo Sun to the winelands and visiting various Cape Legends' exquisite estates and a blind tasting with the judges of the Platter Wine Guide.
Myrna Robins exchanged the quiet of an academic library for the buzz of the Cape Argus newsroom and a post of food and feature writer and restaurant reviewing. A decade later she added travel and wine to her portfolio while freelancing for local and online publications and an international travel guide. She wrote a weekly wine column for the Weekend Argus for several years and compiles a monthly cookery page for the Cape Argus, along with reviewing new titles, mostly non-fiction. She has contributed to food and wine magazines and currently writes for SA Country Life, among others. Read more
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