A Festive High Tea Celebration for Teachers and Learners

A group of seventeen Pretoria high school teachers each accompanied by two of their learners who are passionate about carving a career in the Hospitality Industry, were the special guests at the High Tea of The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy on the afternoon of 20 March 2012.

Ronel Bezuidenhout, Principal/Director restored the lovely tradition of inviting people for afternoon tea, by hosting an unforgettable High Tea at there premises in Arcadia. A variety of teas and delectable cakes were served on the most beautifully decorated tables.  Ronel gave a fascinating talk about the history of the High Tea tradition and to everyone’s surprise, the working class started the tradition during the Industrial Era and not, as most people probably think, the upper class inEngland!

The guest speakers (both with a lifetime of experience in the hospitality industry) were Stephen Billingham, President of SACA (South Africa Chefs Association) and Don Elliot, now retired, but previously managing five star hotels all over the world.  Stephen provided invaluable information about the latest trends in food fashion.  Don enlightened the audience in an entertaining way about what is really happening behind the scenes in a large hotel like for example The Sheraton.

Everybody dressed up beautifully for an afternoon that can only bedescribed as magnificent! “It is better than spending an afternoon in a SPA!” commented one teacher. “It is not often, if ever, that our learners get exposure to such an event,” said another.  “We feel inspired and spoilt.”

And that was one of the reasons that Ronel Bezuidenhout, her staff and students went to such great lengths to ensure that teachers and learners get the opportunity to experience such a very special event. “Secondly,” Ronel said, “functions like these are excellent practical training opportunities for both our Professional Cookery and Hospitality Management students. Our students were directly involved in the planning phase, setting tables, serving and preparing the dishes that our guests were served this afternoon.”

When Ronel was asked if she would repeat the event, she said:  “We might, but on the other hand, I have so many ideas and after listening to what Stephen Billingham had to say about the latest food trends, we might come up with something completely new.”


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