Tsogo Sun’s Suncoast Towers hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandren Govender as Head Chef. In his new role he will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s dining venue, room service, catering and culinary events, as well as further enhancing the hotels celebrated culinary offerings.
“I’m thrilled and privileged to lead such a talented team. The hotel has great ambitions for the restaurant and together I believe we are creating something really special. I firmly believe that if you love food it will love you back and I’ve built my career on loving what I do,” said Govender.
Having served in various hospitality food and beverage positions from around the globe, Govender is a seasoned culinary professional bringing over 21 years of experience. Govender who specialised in Indian cuisine has been a part of the Tsogo Sun group for over four years and has been at the forefront for the launch of Jeera – an authentic Durban Indian restaurant.
“We are delighted to welcome Sandren and his wealth of culinary knowledge and zeal as head chef of the hotel,” said Adrian Penny, General Manager Suncoast Towers hotel. “We are confident his expertise and impressive level of talent and enthusiasm will heighten the hotels diverse dining offering to a new level of excellence for our guests,” added Penny.
“On behalf of Tsogo Sun, we are so proud to have a chef of this calibre on our team. He is perfect for the position and we wish him all the best,” said Mike Jackson, Operations Director KZN hotels.
PROFILE: SANDREN GOVENDER, HEAD CHEF SUNCOAST TOWERS
“Patience and passion are the two most important ingredients for cooking great food,” says Sandren Govender, newly appointed head chef at Suncoast Towers Jeera restaurant.
Govender who is not only stylishly spirited but also displays vibrancy with his guests, is nothing short of a culinary genius. Known as one of Durban’s most innovative and dynamic chefs, Govender specialises in authentic Indian cuisine using the freshest ingredients and blends of spices.
Motivated by his grandmother and her restful culinary art in the kitchen, Govender has invariably been enthusiastic about Indian food from a very young age where his passion and love for food inspired him to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
Fortunate enough to receive international training at the Swiss Culinary School, Govender saw this as the perfect opportunity to master the art of fine dining. His career began to flourish when he went on further to devise his culinary skills and experience at leading international establishments including the Waldorf Hotel in London; Queen & Imperial Hotels in England and La Pirogue in Mauritius.
“My travels gave me the opportunity to explore the flavours of the world and presented me with the perfect culinary adventure. I’m always looking for new challenges, and this triggered my continuous desire to learn and further my development,” said Govender.
He then returned to Durban where he joined the vibrant kitchen team at Suncoast Towers Hotel. After fulfilling his role as Sous Chef for over four years, Govender now steps up to the plate as he leads the kitchen operations as the hotels Head Chef.
“This is an incredible opportunity and I am delighted to lead the kitchen team, taking guests on an authentic Durban Indian gastronomic journey,” says Govender who has cooked for leading international A-list celebrities and award winning artists including Chris de Burgh, Jay Sean, Bryan Adams, Kool & the Gang and Kanye West. He has also appeased the palates of local and international politicians including President Jacob Zuma, Queen of Spain, King Goodwill Zwelitini and the Prince of Swaziland.
Govender won the Durban Spice Competition in 2009 and 2010 and was recently featured in the popular local recipe book, Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour. His signature recipe, the Three-Bean Paneer curry, showcased him as one of Durban’s most sought after chefs.
Suncoast Towers General Manager, Adrian Penny said Govender displayed high levels of culinary creativity and leadership to the team. “This property will continue to delight and impress the community and guests while maintaining many of the treasured traditions.”
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