Distell Inter Hotel Challenge - Orientations

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
One of South Africa’s most knowledgeable Food & Wine Judges, Chris de Klerk (Cape Wine Master, Wine Ambassador Distell) shared insights into the art of food and wine pairing. Introducing the fine wines of Distell and choice spirits, and of course the magnificent prize…

The ‘Wine Steward of the Year’ will win an enviable travel experience with Distell, exploring the world of wines and spirits embarking on a brilliant ten-day trip to London, guest of Red Carnation, The Montague on the Gardens while working closely with the 67 Pall Mall sommelier team – the most exclusive wine club in the heart of St James then on to Scotland with visits to top Distell distilleries including Deanston and Bunnahabhain, to France; Cognac and Bordeaux.

Guest Speaker Harold ”Harry” Melck is an eighth-generation descendant of the well-known Cape family and a chartered accountant by profession. He has spent 20 years specialising in providing strategic, leadership and business transformation advice to organisations as a consultant or as a permanent member of their management teams. 

Harry is the latest Cape Wine Master graduate and joins CWA with a wealth of experience in the education sector. His last role was as the Chief Operating Officer of Milpark Education, a private higher and FET provider. This has given him deep understanding and insight into the trends facing the new age of learning.

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.

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Chris de Klerk
Chris de Klerk

Harry Melck
Harry Melck

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