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Gateway Celeb Chef Showdown and Charity Handover


Last year Gateway ran a series of events called “Celebrity Chef Showdown”.

A great deal of fun was had with the likes of Terry Pheto, Leeanda Reddy, Stefan Terblanche and more cooking in our restaurants, but after a 6 week campaign were happy to announce Deena Naidoo as the ultimate winner.

As part of the campaign 10% of the income from each night was donated towards the winning celebrity’s charity of choice.  As the overall winner, Deena Naidoo nominated the VN Naik School For the Deaf, a special needs school, as his charity. A total of R25 308 was raised from participating restaurants including R9000 in Checkers vouchers.  Mr T.M. Govender, principal of the school, was delighted to have his school nominated to be the recipients of the funds. The money will go towards an upgrade of their Hospitality Department where students receive training in the catering and hospitality department.

Deena visited the school recently to officially handover the funds raised, and attend their Matric prize giving assembly.  Pictured below

Dean Pillay (Income Development Officer), Nicole Peters (Gateway’s Marketing Liaison), Deena Naidoo (Celebrity Chef winner), K.R Sitaram (School’s Treasurer) T.M. Govender (School’s Principal)


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SA’s Top Mixologists Announced and Wine Tastings for The Oyster Box





 South Africa’s best regional bartenders have been announced, and will mix-off in the eagerly anticipated Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS National Final at the exclusive Marly Hotel in Cape Town from 1-3 July.

The winner of the national final will go on to compete in the WORLD CLASS Global Final in the UK in July in a quest to become the world’s best barman.

“After months of gruelling competition, the best of the best of South Africa’s mixologists will contend against one another in what promises to be the most gripping National Final yet. This will be a thrilling test of skill, craft and mettle,” says Dominic Bothner, Diageo’s National Category Development Manager.

To take part in the WORLD CLASS national final, Jeff Lopes of The Michelangelo Hotel was recently crowned Johannesburg’s best barman in the regional round after showing skill and creativity in his multi-sensory drinking experiences. Simphiwe Ngcobo, also of the Michelangelo Hotel, impressed judges with exciting signature cocktails featuring fresh flavours.

Brent Perremore of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium won the Cape Town regional rounds based on his attention to detail while runner-up Assaf Yechiel, also from Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, won a place in the national final for his playful presentations and creative combinations.

An unparalleled understanding of flavour focus in the regional rounds by winner Steven Saunders of The Oyster Box won him the title of Durban’s Best Bartender while runner-up, Haroon Haffajee of Harry’s Cocktail Bar, will participate in this, his second National Final.

Joining these six talented mixologists will be Wild Card entrant Marson Strydom of Buena Vista Social Café in Cape Town, who obtained the highest overall leaderboard score after the regional winner’s had been selected.

“The seven competing bartenders represent the highest standard of mixology expertise in South Africa. Closely matched in skill and talent, competition is set to be extremely close as these contenders vie for the crown as South Africa’s best mixologist,” adds Dominic Bothner.

The winner of the National Final will go on to compete against the world’s best bartenders at the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Global Final to be held in Scotland & London in July/August.

The most coveted accolade in the mixology world, since its launch in 2009, Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS has enjoyed unprecedented success to become the world’s leading, most prestigious luxury drinks training programme and not only elevates the craft of bartending but has become a global leader for setting cocktail trends, with winners instantly being propelled into the global limelight.

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Vintage ‘highlights’ from Bouchard Finlayson‘s Sauvignon blanc‘s, Pinot noir’s, Hannibal red blend and Chardonnays will be paired with some delectable canapés at The Oyster Box Hotel on Monday the 7th July.  This is one of those tastings that cannot be missed by the wine-enthusiast. Renowned Winemaker Peter Finlayson leads the tasting as knowledge is shared and these wines explored as they age with appealing composure!

We will taste 12 wines on the evening – the perfect way to wind down from your day after work and to turn to the “fun things” of life – this is what wine is all about after all!

Where: The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga, www.oysterboxhotel.com  or call 031 514 5000

When: Monday, July 7th, 17:45 for 18:00 – 19:30. The tasting will commence at 18:00 – please be there on time.

Cost: R200, buys you a seat (Catering/venue cost).

Please contact us with your reservation on info@bouchardfinlayson.co.za or on Tel: 028 312 3515 and we will supply you with banking details. Payment secures you a seat.