The National Culinary team is a division of the South African Chefs Association and a non-profit Company. It was established in 1974 and has been recognised as the representative for chefs, cooks and caterers of South Africa.

The current SA Culinary Team is led by team manager:

  • Chef Trevor Boyd (Executive Chef at Michelangelo Hotel)

Advisors to the Team include:

  1. Chef Garth Shnier who is the Nodal Executive Chef of Sandton Sun, Sandton Convention Centre and InterContinental Sandton and member of the World Association of Chefs Societies Culinary Guidelines Committee (advisor on competition rules, guidelines and cold kitchen)
  2. Chef David Higgs, Chef Patron of Marble Restaurant (hot kitchen advisor)

We strive to leave a legacy and position ourselves as one of the Top 10 National Culinary Teams in the world.

What is the IKA Culinary Olympics?

The IKA (Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung) Culinary Olympics is the oldest and most prestigious global culinary competition for chefs, cooks and pastry chefs. The IKA/Culinary Olympics premiered in 1900 in Frankfurt am Main. Since then, every four years, national teams, youth national teams, regional teams and caterers compete to be Olympic champions in their discipline. Since the first event in 1900, the attraction of the event is undiminished.


South Africa first sent a team overseas to compete in the Culinary Olympics in 1980; bringing home five individual gold medals and winning fourth place overall in the hot kitchen competition. For the first time ever in 2000, the South African National Culinary Team or Culinary Team South Africa as it is now known, comprised a wholly South African born and trained team.

Throughout the culinary team’s history, renowned chefs have been a part of the team, including the late Bill Gallagher, Heinz Brunner, Manfred Muellers, Bruce Burns, Andrew Atkinson, Garth Shnier, Paul Hartmann, David Higgs and Garth Stroebel.

In 2004, Team SA brought back four medals constituting of three silvers and one bronze. In 2008, Culinary Team SA brought back a gold medal in the Hot Kitchen section – the first gold to be won by South Africa in 16 years. In the same year, Culinary Team SA were awarded the official South African Team status by the Department of Arts and Culture’s Bureau of Heraldry. This recognition reflects the enormous achievements of the South African Chefs Association and growth of the South African National Culinary Team.

Learn more about South Africa’s Proud Olympic Culinary History

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Our Proud Sponsors

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, and, as a non-profit company, the South African Chefs Association relies on the support of sponsors and fundraising events to establish and manage the Team. With thanks to our fantastic sponsors and partners, the Team is able to focus on training rather than worrying how they’re going to get to the competitions.

Official Partners to the team are:

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