I have such an immense amount of respect for anyone who endeavours to make a career from hospitality services. It requires a great deal of attention to detail and it is also an environment where there is very rarely appreciation for the skill and long hours it requires. Making someone feel welcome, at ease and cared for is not an easy task but that is what The Capital Hotel School sets out to teach their students. The Capital Hotel School in Pretoria is making a commendable effort to raise the bar in the South African Hospitality sector. I had the opportunity to be able to attend one of their events and chat to Ronel Bezuidenhoudt, the radiant and ambitious founder and CEO of The Capital Hotel School. Scroll along to find out more about the school and the event.
The Capital Hotel School
The Capital Hotel School was found in 2001 and ever since it has strived to provide industry driven courses. The school places emphasis on getting students interested in hospitality ready for not only the industry but also for life. The school makes an effort to teach life skills and leadership skills that are both nationally and internationally recognised. The School slogan Embracing the Art of Hospitality has served as something to strive for. Students are given all the tools they need to succeed in a variety of careers within the industry. Despite the industry’s reputation for being a difficult industry, Ronel believes that students with the right attitude, great work ethic, industry experience and passion makes for a successful employee with a bright career. Ronel stated that what makes her heart beat is seeing students blossom into well-rounded individuals that can take the industry by storm. Capital Hotel School prides itself in sending out well-rounded individuals to the industry. When the school first opened their doors students could participate in courses such as hospitality management, in 2007 professional cooking courses were added. The latest new and exciting venture is most definitely the new Capital Hotel School campus opening in Rustenburg which will offer blending programmes.
Ain’t Life Grand! Pop Up Event
I always love receiving invitations to events where there’s a little bit more to it than just glitz and glam. The Capital Hotel School hosted a Gatsby themed pop-up restaurant evening on the 23rd of June. What made me want to attend this event is not only my love for food and education but how charitable this event was. With all of Capital Hotel School’s events, the proceeds of the evening are donated to a charity organisation chosen by the students themselves. For this specific event, the students selected Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre to donate their profits to. As you might know, I have a soft spot, especially for animal charities. The evening was a practical assignment for the students from Capital Hotel School. The objective of the practical assignment is to provide students with a real-world look into what an event/restaurant evening would entail. Each student has a principal role in the evening from budget planning to wine pairings for each dish. Each guest will get the chance to assess the evening. The menu consisted of a smoked salmon amuse bouche, creamy chicken phyllo cup starter, Rooibos jelly and lemon sorbet, a deconstructed Beef Wellington for main course and a Sacher torte for dessert. The evening was ended off on a high note with some bonbons. All in all, it was a lovely affair and it made me reminisce about the days when I had hospitality studies as a high school subject.
Guys and girls, you should be terribly proud of yourselves, thank you for making us feel so special.
PS: Thank you to my best man Brandon for taking pictures when my attention waned amidst all the excitement. You are the best!
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