Lee van Deventer

Food and Beverage Lecturer / Events Liaison

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
– Confucius

From a very young age Lee knew that she will one day be working with people. After completing Grade 12 (with a distinction in Home Economics), she travelled to Dublin and completely fell in love with the Hotel Industry.  She decided that if she were to achieve her goals and fulfill her passion for cooking, entertaining and eventually teaching, she needed formal training.  On her return to South Africa she enrolled at Varsity College where she studied Hotel Management.

Her practical training at Willows Country Lodge, turned into a full-time position. Starting out as an assistant duty manager, her dedication and passion for the best possible customer service, helped her to climb the ladder of success quickly and it was not long before she was Operational Manager.  Being a hands-on person, she often took charge of every aspect in running the busy establishment and it was not unusual for her to be directly involved in preparing food, doing flower arrangements or baking a special wedding cake! After nine years and many successful functions– from weddings to conferences for demanding groups later, she decided to take on a new challenge and joined CHS.

Lee highly values the support of her family and friends who were instrumental in shaping her positive outlook on life. Lee enjoys spending time in the Kruger Park, where she is actively involved in conservation with the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers Volunteer organisation.

Lee is a highly competent, hardworking, loyal individual which makes her a valuable part of Team CHS.


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