The Private Hotel School graduate who can’t wait to get back to work

Twenty two year old Lorenzo Landauer only graduated from The Private Hotel School this year and he is already the Guest Liaison Officer working at the front office division at The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town.

 In his role, Landauer – who hails from Melrose in Johannesburg – deals with everything ranging from the arrival and departure of guests as well as the interaction between various departments such as Housekeeping and Reservations.

Landauer studied for the advanced diploma in Hospitality Management at the school’s Stellenbosch campus (there is a second campus in Rosebank, Johannesburg) and says growing up he had always been interested in food and personal service. After school, he took a gap-year and travelled abroad, and it was during the last few months of his travels that he decided to study Hospitality and Management. “Eventually after much research, I decided to enroll with The Private Hotel School,” he says.

Landauer found that the advantage of studying at TPHS was that all the lecturers were not only well informed, and experienced but also engaged with the students on a personal and professional level.

“TPHS also plays a big role in each student’s professional investment and assists greatly with identifying our strengths which makes the process of placing students into internship periods a lot smoother,” he says.

With level 3 lockdown in place and all hotels unable to re-open for business, we caught up with Landauer to find out what he was up to:

What are you doing to keep yourself occupied during lockdown?
At the moment I am at home with my family in Johannesburg  during lockdown trying to keep as busy as possible. I am learning Spanish online and I exercise daily. I have also been cooking meals for my family and learnt how to bake a  carrot cake with a vanilla and cream cheese icing as well as making home-made pizza. I have also learned how to bake bread and make different types of rolls. In the evening I enjoy watching series on Netflix like Ozark and Peaky Blinders.

Name three things you are going to do once lockdown ends
Get back to work as soon as possible; go back to the beach if the weather is good; and go out for a casual social event with my friends in Cape Town.

What would you like to be doing in five year’s time?
There are a few possibilities: the first is to gain a middle-senior management position with one of the hotels in South Africa or overseas with The Red Carnation Group, which The 12 Apostles forms part of the group; or I would like to be working for a company called Leading Hotels of the World, where they send people to evaluate different select 5-star hotels around the World and set certain criteria grading for those hotels to follow. If those don’t come to fruition, I would like to be running my own business supplying hotels with certain equipment or products.

Lorenzo shares his Carrot Cake recipe below:



  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1¼ cups of oil
  • 1¼ cups of sugar
  • 3 grated carrots
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons of nutmeg
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • Half cup of chopped pecan nuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat Oven to 180°c. Beat eggs and sugar very well, add the oil and beat again until blended. Sift all the dry ingredients into the mixture and mix.
Combine the carrots and nuts and start to fold in the combined mixture.
Once the mixture is thick and combined, bake in a well-greased baking tin for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely before icing.

For the Vanilla Icing:


  • 125g Butter
  • 125g Cream cheese
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream the butter and icing sugar together until very stiff. Stir in by hand the cream cheese and vanilla. Begin to stir and mix well until it is combined and glossy. Use a palette knife to spread the icing evenly all over the cake. Decorate with more pecan nuts or edible carrot decorations. 

(Tip: For effect you can also create flower shapes from thinly cut slices of carrot for decoration)

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