Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Cuisine,Events,Hotel | on: April 20, 2017

The Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge is Set for Another Exciting Season

Now in its fifth year, the Cape Legends and Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge has grown from strength to strength. The benefits of the challenge are twofold – more than boosting the local hospitality industry, it is an inspiring social initiative. Often described as the Oscars of the hotel industry, the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge takes a grass roots approach to the hospitality industry, seeking to uplift, educate and train talented candidate chefs and candidate wine stewards.

The Taj Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge Team

Representing Taj Cape Town’s challenge team for the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge is up and coming chef Mathew Oliphant and rock-star wine steward Veronique Whitney Booysen.

Mathew’s career has been gathering momentum after a four-year course in food studies, where he grew his skills and experience before finally landing an opportunity to work in Taj Cape Town kitchen. He continues to flourish and soak up every ounce of knowledge he can.

With previous experience from other local hotels, Veronique has quickly learned the ropes and forged an intimate understanding of the hospitality industry. She continues to grow steadily under the guidance of Taj Cape Town’s seasoned professionals and presently runs the Taj Wine Gallery where she freely passes on her wealth of knowledge to others.

Inter Hotel Challenge Highlights

The Cape Legends and Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge is an ongoing event which runs from March right through until the awards evening in August. Each stage offers contestants an experience to aid in the growth of their careers and the expansion of their knowledge so that they are better equipped to meet the demands of the challenge. The most exciting stages, however, involve the preparation and pairing of the individual team’s menus to the Cape Legends fine wines and Distell spirits.

Who is Involved in the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge?

As many as 29 of South Africa’s best hotels participate in the national competition. Distell, Cape Legends Fine Wines, the Cape Wine Academy, the South African Sommeliers Association, Avanti, Capsicum Culinary Studio and the International Hotel School are key players in the challenge along with a host of sponsors including Woodview Wagyu Beef, Bio-Wheat ™ Flour, Lancewood Cheese, Rio Largo Olive Oil and Khoisan Sea Salt, amongst others. These companies passionately support the challenge by contributing prizes, workshops, sharing their kitchens and growing the skills of the entrants.

While only the judges will actually get to taste the final dishes, Taj Cape Town guests and visitors are able to sample gourmet meals at Bombay Brasserie, Mint, the Local Grill or an intimate fine dining ‘Chefs Table’ experience, at The Gallery.  Those looking for a unique cocktail experience can top off their meal with a fresh take on the artisanal cocktail at The Twankey Bar. To book a table, email or phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000. To book accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email


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