Durban - Umhlanga's five-star Beverly Hills Hotel won the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge this evening with young commis chef Eugene Ramcharan walking away with the Best Chef title at a glittering gala awards dinner at the Cape Sun.
And he's not the only KZN chef to walk tall. Andile Ndlovu from Hartford House scored the Best Dessert award and veteran Shaun Munro, exec chef at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, scored the Showcook Man of the Match award.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of this initiative. The challenge has been described as a defining event for the hospitality industry and the Oscars of the hotel world. The ceremony was attended by Distell MD Richard Rushton and Volker Heiden, area vice president, Protea Hotels of Marriott International, the cream of South Africa’s hoteliers, chefs, sommeliers and vintners as well as top companies that supply the hospitality industry.
Here are the winners:
Best Chef: Eugene Ramcharan from the Beverly Hills.