Hester is a dedicated mother of three children and a proud grandmother of three grandsons. She spent a number of years in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal where she was employed in the Administrative Department of a Departmental Pre-primary School. The family moved to Pretoria in 1990 where she continued her administrative career for 17 years at Höerskool Garsfontein. During 2008 Hester took care of the office administration for the Human Rights Development Initiative until the end of 2016.
She loves to spend time with her family and her grandchildren and to take long relaxing walks in nature. Hester has a passion for working with students and is a loyal and compassionate member of the CHS team.
Marthie started her career in the banking industry where she worked for several years. When she met her husband, her focus shifted toward supporting the running of their cattle farm and raising their children – not an easy task for a petite young woman.
She later joined the Department of Forestry in the Ermelo District, where she held various positions. The valuable experience that she gained, left her with many career options in any chosen industry.
She will be taking charge of all housekeeping staff, stock controlling and managing the student canteen; TuckInn. CHS is pleased to have someone on board with her set of skills, integrity and experience.
Marthie’s love for nature regularly takes her on interesting hiking trips and the most beautiful places throughout South Africa.
Lee van Deventer
Lee van Deventer
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.
Meri is a proud Alumni- student of The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy. After completing her studies in Hospitality Management, she decided to spread her wings abroad where she worked in various Hotels in the UK for two years.
Upon her return to South Africa, she decided to work in Front Office; this suited her perfectly because she has a great passion for interacting with people. She worked at Intercontinental Sandton Tower for two and half years where she was head hunted by The Grace Hotel in Rosebank.
At The Grace Hotel in Rosebank Meri was in the position of Banqueting Coordinator.
She then relocated to Polokwane where she worked as Senior Banqueting Coordinator/Manager for three and half years.
Due to her passion for working with people she has taken up a new challenge at CHS. “I would like to be part of a team which helps each individual to be the best they can be in the Hospitality Industry; students that we can be proud of”.
Chef Marlise’s journey for the love of food started at a very young age. She’s come from a long line of food lovers.
She matriculated at Hoërskool Staatspresident CR Swart (Pretoria) in 2005; but in 2003 she started with her culinary career doing short courses and working in the industry in her spare time. She was working as a waitress at the Waterkloof French-style restaurant, “Brasserie de Paris“, which during this period she received hands-on in-house training in the kitchen. She was presented with the opportunity to work in the kitchen full time and grabbed it with both hands.
After being in the kitchen for only eight months with hands-on training, she bravely entered the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ “Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs” (Young Chefs Competition) and victoriously received the Second Place. Once her appetite for competitions were awakened, she participated in the “Young Chefs competition” several times after that.
But this was not enough for Chef Marlise as she entered the annual Sunday Times’ “Young Chef competition” in 2008 where she was awarded the title of the “Sunday Times Young Chef of the Year“. Her prize included a bursary from Prue Leith Chefs Academy and successfully graduated in 2010; continuing her work at Brasserie de Paris.
Chef Marlise was promoted to Executive Chef at Brasserie de Paris in 2011. During this time she planned menus and cooked fine French dishes for several international celebrities such as Princess Anne Phillips, the Duke and Duchess of Scotland, various South African Ministers, sport and entertainment “celebrities”.
In 2013 Chef Marlise undertook the mammoth task of attaining a Bachelors Degree in Education whilst working as a substitute/assistant teacher at Hoërskool Oos-Moot and continuing her culinary work as the guest-Chef at Brasserie de Paris.
Today Chef Marlise is living her passion by combining her interest for food and teaching future young chefs about the industry. Team CHS encourages Chef Marlise to explore her interest in wine and food pairing and allows her to share this passion with the CHS students.
From a very young age I was interested in cooking and baking when grandma baked biscuits I was there, it always made me feel like I’m home that is what cooking is for. I live in Pretoria my whole life. Finished my matrix at Hoerskool Garsfontein and went to study hospitality and catering at the Pretoria College and later did my chef training at HTA culinary school. After my studies I went to work on the cruise ships for one year and enjoyed it very much was hard work but worth it every minute of the time. I will recommend it to go work overseas it is the best learning experience.
I love working with people and meeting new people, they say you hold something personal from every person you meet! I love dogs very much and wish I could have as many as possible that can fit into our home! I love spending time with family because in the end they are all that we have and going to the movies and believe it or not knitting and crochet.
Jane’s career in the Sales and Marketing field started in 2006 when she worked for CTI Education group as a call centre agent and fell in love with the Education industry. She then moved to Midrand Graduate Institute, where she became the Student Advisor, travelling to different High schools doing presentations, meeting grade 12 learners and assisting them in choosing their careers. Jane progressed to Rosebank College Advtech Group, where she continued inspiring young adults on career choices and was later promoted to Call Centre Supervisor at Capsicum Culinary Studio.
Jane is currently studying towards her Bachelors of Business Administration at Rosebank College.
The Capital Hotel School was privileged to gain Jane’s experience and skills and have her join as Marketing Assistant on the 1st of August 2018.
Karin joined Capital Hotel School during 2018 in pursuit of her life-long dream to combine her experience and love for sales in the Hospitality Industry, with her passion to make a difference in the lives of other people. She believes that Hospitality is an opportunity to show love and care and loves being part of such a dynamic TEAM. Karin completed a three-year diploma in Tourism from the Technicon of Pretoria (Tshwane) and moved straight into her first sales position, central reservations office for a Resort Group.
From there she obtained experience in Management, Time Share Sales and direct sales for Protea Hotels, Fairmont Hotels as well as the Premier Hotel Group. She is a compassionate optimistic person who believes that everyone deserves a chance in life, some even more than one.