Meet the 2015 Inter Hotel Cape Legends Finalists: Anita Thomson

Tuesday, 11 August, 2015
Inter Hotel Cape Legends
2015 sees the announcement of the annual Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge now in its third year with 25 hotels from the Cape, Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng on board. Meet this year's extraordinary Wine Steward Finalists:

Coming from a large family, Anita has always had a natural affinity for people and communication. She grew up in Khayelitsha as the youngest of six children, excelling in drama and music, before going on to study Human Resource Management. Her studies helped her decide that her career would need to give her the opportunity to interact with people daily.

Anita applied for a learnership at the Vineyard Hotel in 2008 as a trainee in the Food and Beverage services. After completing the program, she applied for the position of waiter at the hotel’s The Square Restaurant, where she has served for the past five years. Naturally polite, committed and highly motivated, it has been a position that has played to her strengths and allowed her to grow.

Opting for a change of scenery, Anita spent a few months in the retail sector. She says, “After I found myself seating guests and taking drinks orders on the quiet mornings in the local business café, I realized that my heart would always belong to hospitality.” Anita was welcomed back into the Vineyard Hotel team with open arms, soon after.

While the time at the hotel has proved to be a valuable learning experience for Anita, it has also helped cultivate an interest in wine. Sparked by watching guests’ enjoyment, she would study labels on the bottles and the restaurant’s extensive wine list on quieter evenings, before enquiring on the details of the food and wine pairings. Her natural curiosity then extended to acquiring knowledge on the best-selling wines on the menu, popular wine estates and guests’ general feedback.

As someone who is so obviously in love with her job and dedicated to creating a positive experience for all guests, there can only be a bright future ahead for Anita.