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Germain Lehodey

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Wine bottles on shelves

2021-2022 IVORY MANOR

I started consulting Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel, the east of Pretoria, to raise their standard of service and create a top-class wine list for them which saw this boutique hotel receiving serveral awards in 2022.
Thi excellent established has involved me in fund raising events and allowed me to introduce a successful honey tasting
(first of its kind in South Arfrica).

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May 2021
South Africa's first honey tasting was presented by Germain Lehodey at Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel. This event was so successful that an article published in the Sunday Times (12 May 2021) about it and a second tasting was arranged Smack Pizza Co, in Johannesurg weeks later.

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February 2022
The 10 Grand Crus from the Beaujolais region was presented, as a first in Gauteng, at La Madeleine in Pretoria East.

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June 2022
Distell Blind Tasting
Challege was an opportunity to test the participants' knowledge and skills in recognising and naming different food and beverages.
Each participant received a certificate of participation for this event.


July 2022
15 wine farms took part in this charity function raising R75 000 for PEN.
PEN is a faith based community born out of the Dutch Reformed Chruch that has ignited change, rebuilt communities, and nurtured togetherness in the inner city of Pretoria for the past 30 years.

2020-2021 ABC OF WINES

I started my own company which,  amongst others, provides services like distribution of wines, training of staff at all levels, wine presentations for private functions and other associations.

ABC of Wines Private function Ivory Mano


Private function at

Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel

ABC of Wines Art of opening bottle of Ch

The art of opening a bottle of Chateau Climens 1929 without the use of a

bottle opener

I awarded this wine

100 points

ABC of Wines Private function at the Res

Private function at the

South African Reserve Bank

ABC of Wines Kanonkop book signed by the


Kanonkop book

signed by the owners, winemaker and author

2018-2020 DGB

Sommelier / Wine Representative
I went to Mauritius and Reunion Islands to represent and promote Douglas Green Bellingham's wines with great success.
I created the first-ever food and wine pairing at Makro Silver Lakes, Pretoria, in 2019 for 25 people inside the actual liquor store. It was a massive success! 

I also created a wine show at The Farm Inn, Silver Lakes, in February 2020 just before the Covid19 lockdown.

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DGB function in Bloemfontein

DGB - Farm Inn wine show 2020 which I cr


I created a wine show at

The Farm Inn, Pretoria

DGB - Makro Silverlake 2019, a first eve


Food and wine paring inside Makro Liquor Store,

Silver Lakes, Pretoria

DGB Makro woodmead promotion of Old Road


Old Road Wines promotion at Makro Woodmead,


2013-2017 RESTAURANT


I was the Sommelier at this prestigious establishment. When I started at Restaurant Mosaic in 2013, the restaurant was not listed on the top 20 in the country. When I left in 2017, Restaurant Mosaic was on the top 2 in the country.
From the start Restaurant Mosaic had a great wine cellar. However, with my knowledge and experience, I was able to put a selection of wines together which made this establishment's wine cellar to be one of the best in the world.

In 2018, Restaurant Mosaic was selected as the top best wine cellar in the world by the Wine Spectator Magazine.
I trained Moses Magwaza to a level that he received the award for the best wine service in the country by

Eat Out Magazine, twice!
At Restaurant Mosaic, I did an Oyster Tasting as well as a Pepper Corn Tasting.
During my five years at Restaurant Mosaic, we managed to have world class tastings such as:
31 different vintages of Chateau Mouton Rothschild (dating as far back as 1955)
Romanee Conti's entire 2009 range with Mr. De Villaine (owner)
8 different vintages of Chateau Margaux commented by Paul Pontarllier, three months before his death.
Top 100 points wines from Parker.

Mosaic Romanee Conti tasting at Mosaic.


Romanee Conti tasting at Restaurant Mosaic

All the wines produced by Mr. De Villaine were presented

Mosaic Mouton Rothschild tasting at Mosa


Mouton Rothschild tasting at Restaurant Mosaic

(the oldest vintage dating back 1955)

I awarded 100 points to the 1982 vintage

Mosaic Article about Germain at Mosaic r

An article about

Germain Lehodey at Restaurant Mosaic

Mosaic Tasting of 7 different vintages o


A tasting consisting of

7 different vintages of

Vin de Constance at

Klein Constantia,

Cape Town

2012-2013 FAIRLAWNS


I was the Restaurant Manager of the Fairlawns Botique Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

I reintroduced the silver service and flambees to this restaurant.
(My position here was an interim job until I could find something to better suit my experience and knowledge.)


As a Hotelier, I enjoyed the challenges that the Juba Grand Hotel had until safety became a growing concern and ultimately forced me out of the country.
The hotel had 80 bedrooms which all had to be renovated, plus we had 20 rooms and two suites.
Throughout my time at Juba Grand Hotel, there were at least 3 rooms at any given time that were close for renovation. Even with this continuous set-back, I still managed to have a solid 86% occupancy.

I was able to make an agreement with the United Nations to provide to their army of 100 soldiers with outside catering for three months which consisted of a 3 course meal daily.
Mr Thabo Mbeki, President of African Union Council and former South African president, stayed at Juba Grand Hotel at least once a month as Juba Grand Hotel was considered to be safest establishment in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.


At the Sani Pass Hotel in the Drakensburg of Kwa Zulu Natal, I was contracted as a Consultant General Manager.

This was a very challenging experience for me as there was no money was available to fix even the basics, however, over the Christmas period, I was able to achieve 90% occupancy. 
During my time at Sani Pass Hotel, I managed to keep the Sani Pass Marathon to be a great success. I even brought the golf course back to its full glory.

Sani-Pass Lovely letter of Sani Pass exp


A lovely letter of Sani Pass Hotel experience which I managed to provide after only few weeks from taking over the management of the hotel


I was the General Manager of Aquila Private Game Reserve.

During the 2010 Soccer World Cup, we served 600 people per day with a lunch and a private game drive.

Aquila Appreciation letter, Aquila Priva


Appreciation letter, Aquila Private Game Reserve


As General Manager of the Clanwilliam Lodge in the Western Cape, I was able to have the lodge listed in the

Eat Out Magazine.
I did a presentation for the national television on Rooibos as the town, Clanwilliam, is known worldwide as the ‘Rooibos Capital’. Clanwilliam Lodge's Spa included different massage treatments using Rooibos.

 I even created dishes like pasta cooked in Rooibos tea, having Rooibos salt (salt infused in Rooibos tea) and lamb served with mixed herbs which also included Rooibos.


My first restaurant where I was not only the owner of this wonderful place, but the chef too where the style of food was chef Franco/German.
Victor Strugo, one of the best food critics in South Africa, wrote in an article in the Saturday Star that Village Bistro was by far the best value for money restaurant in Gauteng! 

Village Bistro Lovely article on Village


A lovely article about Village Bistro restaurant

2003-2008 LYNTON HALL

As General Manger of Lynton Hall on the South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal had a challenging opening by means of finding the correct suppliers of food and beverages in the small town of Pennington. During my 5 years with Lynton Hall, we were ranked in the top 10 restaurants in South Africa for 4 consecutive years. In 2006, Lynton Halls chef, the infamous Richard Carsten, received the award for South Africa's chef of the year. AA Travel Magazine gave Lynton Hall the Hall of Fame Award for the best Country Estate in South Africa for 4 consecutive years.

Lynton Hall's wine list also received the Platinum Award each year.
I created the first ever salt tasting in South Africa and only the third in the world which received phenomenal media coverage. It is because of tastings like this that gave me the opportunity to do presentations in Johannesburg,

Cape Town, Pretoria and Paris (France). Because of the success of my salt tasting, I did a soya sauce tasting as well.
I also did a Champagne weekend which included the best "Méthode Cap Classique" (MCC which South Africa's sparkling wine), entry level of Champagne the Saturday morning and different prestigious Cuvée from leading champagne houses the Saturday evening. I had help from Giles Josso, a sommelier in Paris, who was the best seller of Champagne in Paris at that time. Over 3 cases of prestige cuvees a day.
I also created a special Mother’s Day function where the cost of the lunch included a 10 minute helicopter ride. Several people still spoke about the Mother's Day function for years after.

Lynton Hall Beautiful castle in the sout

Beautiful castle on the

South Coast of KZN.

Lynton Hall was selected as the reference on a stamp to represent the Indian community. 

Lynton Hall One of the greatest achievem


Salt tasting

One of my greatest achievements to date

Lynton Hall Example of V.I.P. coming to

An example of VIP celebrity who come to Lynton Hall which was rated as one of the top 10 best restaurants in South Africa. 

Lynton Hall Letter of reference from the


Letter of reference from the owner of Lynton Hall


Sommelier/ Restaurant Manager at the leading restaurant in Sun City, Villa de Palazzo. During my time here,

 I was in charge of all the banqueting wine lists in the resort. 
In 2002, Village de Palazzo's wine list received a platinum award from Diners Club.

Sun City Employed at the Palace hotel af


I was employed at the Palace of Lost Cities in Sun City after leaving the The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

Two of the best Sun International hotels.

1998-2001 LE PROVENCAL

I was the restaurant manager and marketing manager for Grande Provence wines in Franschoek, Western Cape.
With the help of the infamous Richard Carstens, we managed to put the restaurant on the top 10 in South Africa in 2000. In that year I created South Africa's first National Cheese Festival in the cellar of the Grande Provence Estate. Over 5,000 people attended. The media coverage for the National Cheese Festival included national television, Radio, and at least 50 articles in local newspapers and magazines.

Le Provencal, my friend from Franschhoek


Le Provencal, Franschoek

My friend Achim von Arnim enjoying cheese and wines

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Le Provencal

National Cheese Festival

Le Provencal Front page of Wine Magazine


The National Cheese Festival made the front page of the Wine Magazine

Le Provencal Article and invitation for


An article and official invitation for the National Cheese Festival


I was the Restaurant Manager of Atlantic Grill at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. By being a part of the opening team, I was able to learn so much on how to open an establishment. I did several top end wine tastings including a private tasting for Michael Schumacher. I even had the opportunity to serve Michael Jackson as well.
It was here where I created the Sommelier Association of South Africa.

Table bay Hotel Creating of the first So


Creating of the first Sommelier Association in South Africa. I am proud to say that I was the first sommelier in South Africa.



I was a lecturer of the International Hotel School at the Witwatersrand Technikon in Johannesburg doing lectures on all beverages and practical restaurant services.
During this time, I managed to graduate 3 students as Cape Wine Masters.
In 1995, I created South Africa's first mineral water tasting, then an olive oil tasting followed by a vinegar tasting.
The mineral water tasting was so successful that I had 14 articles published in, amongst others, the Saturday Star, the Sunday Time and the Longevity magazine. The success of my mineral water tasting resulted in the television program, Carte Blanche, doing an insert on the matter. It was a very controversial tasting as the tap in water, back in 1995 that is, did better than the best-selling bottled water in South Africa, hence Carte Blanche's interest.
I created a wine tour to France for 18 students in 1997. We visited several leading wine/spirit companies which is guaranteed an experience that every student will remember forever as the students were able taste and experience Louis XIII at Remy Martin, Grande Dame at Veuve Clicquot, the open bar at Marie Brizard in Bordeaux, and an unforgettable lunch at Chateau Talbot, just to name few!

1991-1992 LES MAQUIS

I was the manager of the Les Marquis restaurant. The restaurant was in the top 10 in South Africa and received an American Express award.
Herold Fridjhon, the father of Michael Fridjhon, wrote in The Business Day that I made the best steak tartare in South Africa. For several weeks following the article, the sale of this dish was by far the best selling in the restaurant.


I was the Managing Director of Malundi Wholesalers. We distributed wines from different producers including

Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Robertson Cooperative, Jacobsdal Cooperative, David Taylor (imported wines), Montagu wines, to name just a few.


I was the manager and shareholder of Galleria Bottle Store

During my time at Galleria, I organised the biggest Bordeaux wine tasting in South Africa.

Gallaria Invitation to the best ever Bor


The official invitation to the best ever Bordeaux tasting in South Africa

Gallaria Letter of appreciation from Ger


Letter of appreciation for Germain’s presentation

Galleria Wonderful letter from Michael F


A wonderful letter from Michael Fridjhon

Gallaria List of the special guests on t


List of the special guests who attended the function


This was my first position as a Sommelier and a first in South Africa. I was in charge of purchasing all imported wines. Benny Goldberg was the biggest bottle store in the world with 35 tills and wines such as Lanson (Champagne), Bouchard Pere et Fils (Burgundy), Alexis Lichine (Bordeaux), Trimbach (Alsace), Deinhard (Germany), and Gaya (Italy) were imported by container loads. Every imported wine available in South Africa was available on the floor. 


As sommelier did not existed in South Africa at the time, I became restaurant manager of the Wheel restaurant as well as the bottle store (off sales) manager. I created a cellar of 10 000 bottles and I imported few great wines like Gosset Champagne, Louis Trapet Burgundy, Berthaut , Fixin Chateau des Tours , Brouilly. I also created the first Pretoria wine show, the first wine list competition with my friend Eric Bolsman. I had with Pretoria News a wine club which had a monthly function with top winemakers.
Few names who took part were: John Platter ( Delaire farm) Armin Von Arnim ( Boschendal/ Pierre Jourdan) Danie De Wet ( De Wetshoff), Peter Finlayson ( Hamilton Russel), Frans Malan (Simonsig) Dave Hughes ( Nederburg pre-auction tasting), Etienne Le Riche ( Rustenburg), Steven Smit ( Koopmanskloof, Du Toit ( Groot Constantia), Wynand Retief ( Van Loveren), Walter Finlayson ( Blaauwklippen, Braam Van Velden ( Orvergaauw) and many more. 
I created with Daniel Leusch from La Madeleine restaurant 5 different food,wine and music evenings.

Arcadia Hotel Germain in the best wine c

Germain in the best wine cellar in South Africa in 1984. 10 000 bottles. 

Arcadia Hotel Every month I have a V.I.P

Every month I have a V.I.P. from the Cape to conduct a tasting at Arcadia Hotel or Vleissentraal .
Here is Walker Finlayson from Blaauwklippen.

Arcadia Hotel One of the functions where

One of the functions where food, wine and music were link together.

Arcadia Hotel My business card at Arcadi

My business card at Arcadia Hotel. Peter Devereux used to joke about my title. 1984


I was in charge of developing a world-class wine list for Le Richmond Hotel. 

I also created the Swiss Sommelier Association in 1983 and I participated at the World Sommelier Competition in Bruxelles where I finished in the semi-Final.

Hotel School An article published in Fra


An article published in France in about my activities in South Africa

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Mineral Water Tasting.

Hotel School Menu served at Veuve Clicqu

Menu served at Veuve Clicquot in honour of Germain Lehodey

MALUNDI Great vintage wine auction in 19


A great Vintage Wine Auction

14,500 bottles were sold at this auction

MALUNDI With my vintage chard which was

With my vintage chard which was used by Ken Forrester at Gatriles restaurant in Sandton.

BENNY GOLDBERG Top wine team at the time


Top wine-team at the time with Rowena Bregman

BENNY GOLDBERG Letter from Benny Goldber


A letter from Benny Goldberg to renew my

employment contract

France Promotion for Le Richemond outsid

Promotion for Le Richemond (outside catering company)

France Le Richemond hotel, Germain was t


Le Richemond Hotel

where I was the first accredited sommelier in Switzerland

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A sommelier's most important tools

France Invitation to attend the tasting

An invitation to attend a tasting at Clos Vougeot, Burgundy

France Letter mentioning my activities a


A letter mentioning my activities after Le Richemond Hotel

France Picture taken at Le Richemond Cel


This picture was taken at

Le Richemond Cellar

France With Victor Armleder, son of the


With Victor Armleder,

the son of the owner of

Le Richemond Hotel, Geneva

France View of the restaurant Le Gentil


View of the restaurant

Le Gentil Homme

1 star Michelin restaurant

France Promotion for Le Richemond outsid

Promotion for Le Richemond (outside catering company)

1977-1981 TOUR D AGENT

I started as commis sommelier up the last 2 years I was the head sommelier. I was the youngest head sommelier in France at the time. I was in charge of a cellar of over 300 000 bottles and a team of 9 sommeliers.
During the 5 years I had the honour to serve so many world personalities like:
Salvador Dali (maybe 50 times), Henri Kissinger (secretary of state U.S.A.) The wife of the Sha of Iran, Elton John, Billy Jo, The King of Jordan (twice), I also did the launch of the Le Gout du Vin book (Professor Peynaud), Presilla Presley and daughter, Paul Bocusse’s mother (twice), Mick Jager, Bernard de Nonancourt, (Laurent Perrier Champagne) many times. Hiro Hito (Emperor of Japan), Mobuto Seseko  (Zaire President) 5 times, Madame Pompidou (several times). The restaurant served world famous people daily. I mentioned here only few.  
I created with Louis Orizet a new wine tasting sheet based on 50 points.
I participated for 3 years at the Tastevinage at Clos Vougeot. One of the greatest experiences to a sommelier.

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Cognac tasting at Remy Martin (a phenominal experience with Mr. Lehote, master blender)

France1 First ever wine tasting sheet ou


First ever wine tasting sheet Score marks of 20 points Today, most score sheets are based on a 100 point system

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I made the cover of a magazine through an article about Beaujolais wines

France1 6 pages article on how the manag

A 6-page article on how

Tour D Argent cellar's 

management worked

France1 A letter from Tour D argent offe


A job offer from

Tour D Argent for a

new job in Toko, Japan which I declined 

France1 Tour D argent decanting at the t


Tour D argent

decanting wine at the table

France1 Tour D argent 1977, picture of m


A picture of myself at

Tour D argent

France1 Letter of reference from Tour D


A letter of reference from Tour D Argent

France1 Lunch served at the Tastevinage


Lunch served at the Tastevinage Clos Vougeot

1975-1976 FRENCH ARMY

I was a paratrooper based in Toulouse, France. I was also a radio operator where morse code was the norm for communication. I left the French army with the position of Sergeant.

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