The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), a South African meetings venue that opened in 2003, appointed an executive chef.
Bringing his talents to CTICC’s culinary offerings is Warwick Thomas, who boasts extensive knowledge and experience with different culinary cultures, obtained through his worldwide travels. He spent two months on the road cooking his way into the final 15 when he entered the Ultimate Braai Master, an extreme outdoor reality-TV cooking series.
“In Warwick we have found the ideal candidate who embodies the center’s values of passion, excellence and innovation and is committed to raising the benchmark of the local food industry,” said Aage Hansen, general manager for operations and food and beverage, CTICC. “Warwick’s extensive experience coupled with his enthusiasm for developing and designing organic sustainable cuisine makes him the perfect complement to the center’s offerings.”
At age 26, Thomas was appointed executive chef of the Pecanwood Golf Club and Resort at Hartebeespoort Dam and has extensive experience in high-volume banqueting and conferencing. He headed up the cuisine offerings at various 5-star establishments in South Africa. Thomas oversaw the eight food and beverage outlets at the Sibaya Casino in Durban, fulfilling the roles of complex executive sous chef and executive chef at the Sandton Sun and Tower Inter-Continental and Hilton Hotel in Durban, respectively.
His commitment and passion for his work resulted in him being appointed as Pick n Pay’s fresh food specialist, where he was responsible for opening food concept stores nationwide and overseeing the management of the fresh produce bakery, deli and restaurant concepts.
In 2011, Thomas started a cooking school to develop and train young people who are pursuing a culinary arts career.