Stellenbosch Change In Action

Renowned Chefs of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes unite for Social Development as ‘Tasting Stellenbosch’. George Jardine, Michael Ratcliffe...

Renowned Chefs of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes unite for Social Development as ‘Tasting Stellenbosch’.

George Jardine, Michael Ratcliffe and Bertus Basson
Driven by a mandate to affect real change, Stellenbosch Wine Routes today officially introduced Tasting Stellenbosch, which will be upskilling the community by providing hospitality training. This member organisation is chaired by well-known Stellenbosch chefs, Chef George Jardine and Deputy Chairman Chef Bertus Basson.

Stellenbosch Wine Routes announced a new executive last year, chaired by Michael Ratcliffe, and it adopted a policy focused on social development, which draws on Stellenbosch’s many offerings to action change in the winelands. As the umbrella association, Stellenbosch Wine Routes will coordinate this mandate with various tourism segments responsible to drive change in their particular community.

Said Ratcliffe: “Stellenbosch has long been a culinary leader on the South African gastronomic scene. Many decades of awards and recognition culminated in the 2018 Eat Out Awards recognizing that an extraordinary one in five of the top 30 restaurants in South Africa are based in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The Stellenbosch Wine & Food Tourism renaissance continues apace with exciting developments in planning for the past six months. There is immense skill in this sector and our chefs are looking forward to plough it back into the Stellenbosch communities to add to a long-term foundation for greatness.”

Supporting this sentiment, founding Chairman Chef George Jardine said; “We are excited by the opportunity to pull this remarkably successful food-inspired community closer together under the banner of Tasting Stellenbosch – our home.”

Asked how they intend on achieving much needed change, Chef Bertus Basson added: “Building restaurant skills, work experience and kitchen and front-of-house confidence in our communities will provide an unprecedented competitive advantage for our industry.”

Apart from Jardine and Basson, Tasting Stellenbosch’s Executive Committee is backed by some of the country’s top culinary names: Winemaker George Dalla Cia, Chef Gregory Czarnecki, Sommelier Wayve Kolevsohn, Chef Michael Broughton, Hotelier Karine Van der Merwe & Chef Christophe Dehosse. The Exco envisage that Tasting Stellenbosch will have a minimum of 150 members by the end of 2019 representing a significant diversity.

Ratcliffe, speaking for the Stellenbosch Wine Routes board, expressed pleasure in seeing the great food and wine pillars of Stellenbosch aligning themselves. “We are blessed with amazing tourism assets and we are pleased to see the food community uniting around a focused social development agenda. The Stellenbosch Wine Routes board takes pride in showing leadership as a Destination Marketing Organisation and providing capacity for resurgent Stellenbosch tourism.”

TASTING STELLENBOSCH VISION
Stellenbosch will build on its reputation as a world-leading food and wine destination built on focused social development strengthening our culinary excellence. Tasting Stellenbosch will become a unified organisation with integrity that serves and adds value to all role players in the Stellenbosch food and gourmet community.

TASTING STELLENBOSCH MISSION
We will lead our members in a unified regional effort to advance the Stellenbosch food and wine experience through a focused social development agenda.

I. To adopt and adhere to a socially responsible code of conduct.

II. To build, promote and protect the premium positioning of Stellenbosch food and wine for future generations.

III. To actively lobby as a critical and confident voice for the Stellenbosch Culinary community.

THE TASTING STELLENBOSCH LEADERSHIP

Chef George Jardine (Chairman) Jardine Restaurant, Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine

Chef Bertus Basson (Deputy Chairman) Overture, Eike, Spek & Bone, De Vrije Burger

Winemaker George Dalla Cia - Dalla Cia Wine & Spirit Company

Chef Gregory Czarnecki – The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Sommelier Wayve Kolevsohn – Boschendal at Oude Bank

Chef Michael Broughton – Terroir Restaurant

Karine Van der Merwe – Owner Majeka House and Makaron Restaurant

Chef Christophe Dehosse – The Vine Bistro at Glenelly, Joostenberg Bistro, The Kraal at Joostenberg Wine Estate


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