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Dish Restaurant Trains Expert Sommelier

Dish Restaurant, the al fresco signature restaurant, set in the Royal Palm hotel within the heart of Umhlanga New Town Centre, is set to train general manager, Freddy Singh, as a Connoisseur in Sommelier services.

Freddy will attend the Cape Wine Academy which offers a range of entertaining and educational wine courses in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Tokai, Durbanville and Somerset West. All their courses are presented by experienced winemakers, specialist viticulturists, Cape wine masters and people actively involved in the industry, which will ensure that Singh receives the best training available within the industry.

This qualification will certify him as one of the very few qualified sommeliers in Durban, equipping him to develop the wine knowledge of Dish’s staff, and provide them with much needed insight and confidence to deliver even better wine advice and services than before.

Freddy says, ‘Dish is a very successful restaurant, and for me, the survival and long standing relations that we have with many of our guests are very important. Maintaining this relationship is critical; therefore this training will prove vital in setting the bar even higher within Durban’s hospitality industry.”

Freddy who had been in the industry for the past 20 years, first started as a Blockman at a butchery since the age of 13 until just after finishing school. It was while acting as barman at the Umhlanga Rocks Country Club when realising he was cut out for the hospitality industry.

Three Cities gave him a chance at uShaka where he proved himself in tough circumstances, and CEO of Three Cities Group, Mike Lambert, gave him the opportunity to study and advance his career. He studied business management through UNISA while working a 12 to 14 hour shift daily until receiving his diploma with an aggregate in 2004.

“Day to day situations at Dish are always different and the solutions even more challenging. It puts you in an adrenaline rush. I love that. There are always different events, interacting with people from all parts of the country and the world, making someone’s dining not just a night out, but an experience they will not forget, and being able to recommend the best wine options with their meals, would leave them with that WOW feeling,” says Freddy.

Freddy loves his team whom he already considers as family which helps in motivating them, ensuring that guests’ experiences have met their highest expectations, exactly the reason why patrons go out to dine. And if the restaurant houses a qualified sommelier with advice on matching wine selections with the right type of food and meals, all the better.

Freddy will attend in-depth courses in everything about the art of wine and its uses which include: wine styles; vineyard practises and winemaking; viticulture; distillation, fortification, sweet and sparkling wines; SA wines; major winemaking areas around the world from France to Australia and the Americas; varieties grown and understand foreign wine terminology; world trends; combination of wine and food, highlighting its effect on taste; horizontal and vertical combinations; likeness and contrast; wine etiquette, glasses, storage, temperatures, order of serving, wine accessories; and how to set a standard in the wine industry regarding service and attitude.

Dish is a fusion of contemporary sophistication and one of Durban’s premier dining establishments with five-star la carte menu, and four distinctive vibrant areas that emit a graceful atmosphere and elegant café feel.

Dish is set close to the La Lucia Ridge Office Estates, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga village and beachfront, which makes it an ideal location for both business and recreational dining.

Visit Dish at 6 Palm Boulevard, Newtown Centre, Umhlanga Ridge or contact Freddy on email: dish@threecities.co.za or call 013 581 8181 or visit www.royal-palm.co.za