Meet the SA Chefs Competitions Director

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Jodi-Ann Pearton is the Competitions Director of The South African Chefs Association. She is a passionate and driven individual who owns The Food Design Agency, a business focused on product, recipe and menu development as well as food styling and inspirational upliftment.
Jodi-Ann has won almost every culinary competition in South Africa, including the coveted By Invitation Only and Sunday Times Chef of the Year titles. She has also competed abroad in various competitions winning many gold medals. Jodi-Ann believes that every dream that an individual dreams can come true and that if it does not hurt to achieve it, it is not worth it.
Jodi-Ann is accredited as a World Chefs Level B judge.

SA Chefs-approved judges

Key to judging levels:

  • World Chefs Level A
  • World Chefs Level B
  • A – National level judge with experience in international judging
  • B – National level judge
  • C – Apprentice judge

If anyone is left off the list or if there are errors they are to please email
For requests for judges please contact

World Chefs Level AWorld Chefs Level BABC
Garth ShnierNadin Pospech DemmlerAdrian Vigus-BrownAndy CordierAndrew Unsworth
Martin KobaldTrevor BoydAllister EsauBradley KavanaghClaire Blinkhorn-Street
Heinz BrunnerSharmaine Dixon Arnold TanzerCarianne WilkinsonCoovashan Pillay
Brian McCuneCaryn EnglandHilary Biller
Heinz BrunnerElsu GerickeJohn Boehler
Manfred MuellersHenrico GrobbelaarMarlise Mostert
Morne StrohMichael Collings
Nadeem RajaPam Nel
Nicholas Van Der Walt
Shaun Munro
Thlolo Nyatlo