Day 3 Dr Gallagher's Young Chefs Tour
We started our day with Chef Courtney Wood and tour guide, Jimmy Maroana. Jimmy took us on a tour through Soweto, a town of Joburg where we were able to witness the extremities of various lifestyles all happening and one location. The rich, the average and the poor. It was very important for us to be able see this. It shows that although South Africa is one of the most competitive culinary nations and holds many great advances as a country. Big communities of the people are still struggling very hard. We get to acknowledge the fact that globally, our industry should not only focus on providing just the best food service, but also everything in our power to give everyone a good chance at life. This is something that the SACA is being a wonderful role-model for.
We continued on the tour learning about the history and development of South Africa and the spark that changed it all with the 1976 Soweto revolt, bringing us to the positively developing South Africa that we see today! The tour ended with a visit of Nelson Mandela's house.
Courtney left us for the evening and Duane took over the hosting with Executive Chef Gerard Vingerling and Chef James Khoza. We were taken on a tour of Sandton Sun Hotel and Sandton convention centre. This was the last major project that Dr Gallagher undertook before the hi-jack incident. It has kitchen that provides 400 staff meals in a session, 326 en-suite hotel rooms along with 5 levels of function rooms allowing the centre to hold a total sit/stand of 9000/18000 people!
We proceeded to have our meal at the restaurant San, located inside Sandton Sun which was served beautifully with impeccable service from Phillip. A thank you to Chef Gerard Vingerling for providing us with the dining experience and special delicacies. We spent the evening learning more about Dr Gallagher and industry advice from Duane Riley which was a wonderful experience filled with knowledge.
Later in the night Chef Courtney Wood took us out to experience a night after work SACA Young Chefs style! Where we met chefs Ryan, Tristan and Davlan and had an awesome time together at Billy the BUMS (Business upmarket socialites) and Stones Fourways!
Thank you to Duane Riley for the time and effort that you have provided us up until now.
And a thank you to all chefs involved tonight!
Tomorrow we go to Cape Town!