Johannesburg, xx May 2018
– The City Lodge Hotel Group, the home of great accommodation establishments, has signed on as the official accommodation partner of the South African National Culinary Olympic Squad.
The National Culinary Olympic Squad is a division of the South African Chefs Association and will compete in the oldest and most prestigious global culinary competition in Stuttgart, Germany in February 2020.
As the official accommodation partner, City Lodge Hotel Group provides the squad with accommodation when they gather to prepare, until the IKA Culinary Olympics in 2020.
“The aspiring squad convenes once a month to practise the preparation of their chosen dishes and to talk through their strategy,” says Trevor Boyd, Team Manager, Executive Chef of The Michelangelo Hotel. “With team members based all over the country, the logistics of getting them together is challenging and we are delighted to have the City Lodge Hotel Group on board to help us unite our team for the monthly sessions.”
South Africa first sent a team to compete in the prestigious IKA Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart in 1980, with that team bringing home five individual gold medals and winning fourth place in the hot kitchen competition. Since then, the team has regularly competed across the globe and has brought back many medals and accolades, proudly showcasing South Africa’s talents on the international stage.
“This partnership with the Culinary Olympics squad is testament to our long-standing commitment to the South African hospitality industry,” explains Zuki Jantjies, divisional director: sales and marketing for City Lodge. “We share the same passion that sits within the core of the team’s culinary creations and are exceptionally proud to be an official sponsor of the team that represents South Africa in one of the toughest challenges on the culinary calendar.”
The team is hard at work, putting in the necessary hours to do South Africa proud. “Our participation is made possible through generous sponsorships, and we are grateful to the City Lodge Hotel Group for playing a key part in helping us prepare to face the entire world’s elite in cooking and culinary arts,” Boyd says.