Where it all began
For over 47 years The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) has represented the most talented chefs, cooks and caterers in the country.
SA Chefs is a non-profit industry body, founded more than 47 years ago, that represents the interests of chefs, cooks and caterers at all levels, with a focus on skills development, the celebration of culinary professionals and transforming the industry.
SA Chefs aims to have a significant impact on the careers of the chefs with whom we share the knowledge that our members have acquired through international food promotions, competitions, workshops, educational conferences and various other learning experiences. To date we have over 9600 members that include catering and hotel company directors, restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, culinary educators, apprentices and trainees; who can be found in every type of catering field.
The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) was founded in 1974 by a group of six chefs who had the vision of an association that would represent the interests of chefs across the country as well as promote the art and science of cookery in South Africa.
From the beginning, the association has ensured that the culinary industry grows to greater heights.
The Association produces a bi-monthly magazine called, SA Chef, and takes part in a host of trade and consumer shows, including Food and Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex and National Tourism Careers Expo, demonstrating chefs’ expertise and skill. We host a range of Food and Wine Evenings with top South African chefs and host our own conference, aimed at chefs: Infochef. We are also involved in a range of culinary competitions, including City & Guilds Student’s Challenge, The President’s Cup, Huletts Sweet Young Chef, Lucky Star Innovations competition and many more.
Our South African National Culinary Team, is selected by SA Chefs every four years, culminating in our participation in the IKA Culinary Olympics. Through a process of skills transference and training, the best of the chefs on the squad are selected to represent South Africa in the Culinary Olympics. Team South Africa has been structured in such a way that it will provide for the development and training of young chefs by more experienced chefs who have previously served on the National Team, with the emphasis being on a mentorship programme for the next generation of chefs.
On an international level, the Association has always actively participated in the activities of the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs) and in 1996 was unanimously voted to hold the offices of president, vice president and secretary general from 1996 to 2000. Not only was this a great honour but also a strong vote of confidence in the ability of the SA Chefs by the more than 60 member countries of World Chefs, which represents over 1,5 million chefs from over 80 countries around the world. Presently, Martin Kobald is the Vice President of Worldchefs.
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Our Patrons & Sponsors
The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) is a non-profit company and sponsorship plays a vital role in its successful running.
Without the generosity from the below sponsors and patrons, we would not be able to fulfill our mandate of reflecting South Africa’s culinary diversity and promoting the art and science of cookery.
SA Chefs Patrons are the backbone of our sponsorship, with twelve sponsorships annually from companies assisting in the necessary office-related running costs. Many of these companies have been supporters of the SA Chefs since its inception, and we are pleased to recognise the support that they provide us with.
Tsogo Sun Centre for Culinary Excellence & Wilmar Excella Centre for Culinary Excellence
Made possible by capital sponsorship from Tsogo Sun and Wilmar International. One of SA Chefs’ ambitions is to create a world-class training facility that would be able to offer subsidised, basic chef training for those who may not have the financial ability to study.
Proud sponsors of the SA National Culinary Team Chefs
Since 1980, the South Africa Culinary Team has represented our country at the Culinary Olympics that are held every 4 years in Erfurt, Germany; the talented chefs get to show off their skills on an international stage. The cost of providing the necessary training for the SA National Culinary Team chefs, through practice sessions, workshops and the actual entries into international competitions, is very high. As a non-profit company, the SA Chefs relies on the support of sponsors and fundraising events to establish and manage the Team, focusing and going for gold.
LSC was the headline sponsor of the SA National Culinary Team 2016
This important sponsorship will enable our Olympians of the food world to successfully train towards, and compete in, the ultimate global culinary challenge – the IKA Culinary Olympics – which is takes place in Germany every four years.
“This is the highlight of our 10-year partnership with the SA Chefs and we are proud to be associated with the South African National Culinary Team as they strive for gold at the next Olympics,” says Phillip Meyer, CEO of LSC. Renowned chef Heinz Brunner took over as Team Manager and is using his vast experience to train, guide and assist the team on their quest for gold.”
In their roles as official Headline Sponsor of the team, LSC and Imperial will be supporting the team in sponsorship of their uniforms, equipment, travel arrangements, logistics and more.
Other partners to the team are:
City Lodge Hotel Group – Official Accommodation Partner in 2016
Turn ‘n Slice – Official Supplier of fruits & vegetables
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