Team CTICC competes with the best hotels in fine dining

CTICC Wine Steward, Nkululeko Khohlokoane, and CTICC Candidate Chef, Sive Godana, are representing the centre at the Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter-hotel Challenge 2017

The CTICC’s Food & Beverage team is once again flying its culinary flag high as two of its most talented young catering employees participate in the Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter-hotel Challenge 2017.


The Inter-hotel Challenge run by pits some of the best candidate chefs and wine stewards in the hospitality industry against each other. The Challenge also includes a series of comprehensive training workshops to encourage talent development in the industry. Candidate Chef, Sive Godana, and Wine Steward, Nkululeko Khohlokoane, were hand-picked to represent the CTICC in the Challenge.


“It is the second year the CTICC has taken part in this competition and we have chosen two people whom we believe will showcase not only their skills but also represent the CTICC on the highest platform. Sive and Nkululeko will also receive an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the culinary and wine industries. This knowledge is sure to be imparted to their fellow colleagues and will be filtered through to our events and clients,” said Tracy Mkhize, the CTICC’s General Manager: Food & Beverage.


In the final cook-off this month, each candidate chef is expected to develop a three-course meal, while the wine steward is expected to pair wines to compliment the starter, main and desert. The main course needs to include a “creative cut” of Wagyu beef and the candidate chef can be as imaginative as he wants to be when developing his meals.


On hearing that he would be representing the CTICC, Godana said: “I was nervous and happy because I wanted to be in a competition for the longest time. I wanted to prove myself and I’m happy that I’ve gotten the chance to do that.”


It will be the second consecutive year that Khohlokoane represents the centre at the challenge and he is feeling confident about their chances.


“I’m feeling optimistic that we are going to do well, maybe even win. Last year I didn’t know what to expect. This year I have a bit more knowledge on what the judges expect and want,” said Khohlokoane.


The winning candidate chef will be flown to Dubai where he/she or she will spend three weeks experiencing fine dining at luxury hotels. The winning wine steward will be given exposure to Europe’s fine wine and “sommelier environment” with visits to London, the distilleries of Scotland, and world-renowned Cognac-makers in France. 

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