With a global clientele, Exec Chef Willie Mcotoyi has introduced a tasting menu to the Sun City Convention Centre that’s sure to appeal to both international and local guests. “We want our guests to experience authentic African hospitality and cuisine but we also want them to taste the world,” he says.

The new food concept gives companies the opportunity to choose from several tasting menus that feature dishes from different countries, allowing them to customise their guests’ culinary experience. Gone are the buffets of old – “The culinary aspect should be considered a key component of the overall conference experience rather than just being something that needs to be done.”

From Asian and South African to Indian or Mexican cuisine, Chef Willie Mcotoyi and his team have compiled a comprehensive list of global cuisine, and have done their homework to ensure that each dish is as authentic as possible. The Taste of South Africa creates an experience for guests, with braai-ing and live cooking stations the main emphasis: “We use fresh, handcrafted marinades and venison meats which is a healthy and popular option for our conference delegates. These are extremely popular at our events hosted at the iconic Valley of Waves, as well as the Greenhouse venue overlooking the 9th hole of the Gary Player Country Club.”

Clients can select more than one featured cuisine should they wish, allowing Chef Willie to customise menus for the event. “When selecting the dishes, we looked at creativity, demographics, type of conference/event, venue utilised (indoor or outdoor) and of course the budget to determine the menu recommendations.”

The first taste menus were introduced during February this year as the team decided to integrate them slowly.  When asked how the menus have been received, Chef Willie tells of a regular corporate client who recently selected the “Taste of Mexico” menu.  “It was well received and enjoyed as it was in line with their themed function.”

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