Become a Member
Be part of the biggest network of culinary professionals in Southern Africa
The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) has been representing chefs, restaurateurs, educators, learners, industry professionals, culinarians and various other industry parties for over 47 years. With a number of regional committees situated around the country and the head office in Johannesburg, SA Chefs is truly a national representative body for all those passionate about food, the culinary arts and South African cuisine.
Recognised as the authority on food in South Africa, SA Chefs is a SAQA-registered Professional Body and provides its members with invaluable opportunities for networking, career growth, overseas travel, industry discounts, and access to a wealth of culinary knowledge. The list of benefits is endless and grows continuously as SA Chefs looks for new ways to improve services offered to members.
Announcement by President James Khoza and the SA Chefs Directors
50% discount on all 2020/2021 membership fees due to the effect of COVID-19 has had on you, our members. All paid up Membership as from 1st March 2020 to the 31st August 2020, will have 2021 Free! T&Cs apply.
REASONS TO BE A MEMBER
Why you should join
Who you know
Our regional events, such as InfoChef, help you to network with fellow chefs, assisting you in finding career opportunities and advice on a cheffing career.
Our job forum on the SA Chefs website allows you to advertise yourself to prospective employers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to post your job on the website.
We represent some of the most prestigious competitions, both locally and internationally – only SA Chefs members are allowed to enter these competitions, and they are an amazing way of raising your profile, gaining experience and meeting new people.
Our bi-monthly magazine, SAChef is packed with information on the industry, trends and news. As a member, you will receive the magazine delivered to you free of charge.
Our Tsogo Sun Centre for Culinary Excellence Skills Kitchen, based at our national head office in Johannesburg, is the perfect place to enhance your skills, with courses such as knife skills, pastry, buffet, food costing and butchery. Members receive a 10% discount on selected courses.
SA Chefs often has complimentary tickets to trade events such as the Good Food and Wine Show, Hostex, IFEA and Grand Designs Live.
There are opportunities to demonstrate at SA Chefs events such as the Rand Show, Hostex, InfoChef and Grand Designs Live.
SA Chefs regularly sends its members overseas to take part in International food promotions.
SA Chefs-accredited judges are often used for culinary competitions, including the Sunday Times Food Awards, Goldcrest Young Chef of the year, Unilever Foodsolutions Chef of the year and the Shoprite Checkers Boerewors Competition. Nationwide workshops are held regularly.
SA Chefs is a non-profit organisation representing in excess of 9600 of the country’s finest chefs, restaurateurs, educators, learners, culinarians and other interested parties. With established branches across the country and a network that reaches all four corners of the globe.
The SA Chefs website links local chefs, trainees, hospitality industry players and other interested parties to colleagues and information from around the world, while the Centre for Culinary Excellence (CCE) is home to one of the greatest collections in the South African culinary and hospitality industry – and THE definitive reference source for industry, both physical and virtual; offering SA Chefs members an all-access pass to a vast collection of books, magazines, videos, multimedia and menus, as well as invitations to attend our annual Infochef conference, and other educational workshops run throughout the year.
How it works
On signing up as a SA Chefs member you will receive a SA Chefs pin, certificate and membership card. You will also have the right to use the designatory letters appropriate to your type of membership, while Corporate and Training Provider members may use the SA Chefs logo on stationery and create a logo hyperlink linking your website to ours. Members also receive SA Chefs official magazine, SAChef with 6 issues per year, regular correspondence, updates, industry information and invites in the form of emails and sms’.
You will have the opportunity to enter local and international competitions, participate in food promotions and events, take part in radio and television interviews and demonstrations, become a member of the SA Culinary Squad, be selected as a Academy of Chefs members, attend networking and social events countrywide, get involved in charity work.
As you can see, from events and competitions, to workshops and demonstrations, SA Chefs is the authority on all things culinary in South Africa.
For trainees and students in the industry, students & members whose careers are based on practical rather than academic or structured foundations. This grade is available for two years at which point the individual is automatically upgraded to an Intermediate Member. Junior members do not have voting rights.
For junior/commis chefs as well as trainees / in service training within a recognised programme. This is an annual membership from which you are upgraded to a professional member. Youth members have voting rights.
For practising chefs, hotel school graduates who have been in the industry for more than 3 years and persons directly involved in the hotel, hospitality and catering industry. They should hold a position of responsibility and have followed a recognised training course or have been a Junior and Intermediate member. Professional members may use the SA Chefs logo on Chef Jackets indicating their membership. Logos may not be used on business stationary or cards unless they join as Corporate Members. Professional members have voting rights.
For those not eligible for full membership but associated in some way with the industry. Associate members do not have voting rights.
NEW CORPORATE MEMBER
Open to all suppliers of goods and services within the industry, restaurants and hotels. Corporate members will have their details posted on our website, along with a link to their website and may use our logo – upon approval by head office.
TRAINING PROVIDER MEMBERSHIP
NEW TRAINING PROVIDER MEMBER
Open to all cookery schools, training institutions and colleges within the industry. Training Provider members will have their details posted on our website, along with a link to their website and may use our logo – upon approval by head office.
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