SA Chefs Board of Directors

The governing body of SA Chefs is the Board of Directors, who are leaders in the South African hospitality industry. They are elected to serve the interests of the Association.

A new board is elected each year during the Annual General Meeting. They represent a cross-section of the industry including, food production, training, contract catering, banqueting and restaurants. The current leadership of the Association is President James Khoza.


2021/2022 Board Nominees – VOTING CLOSED

As per the rules for the South African Chefs Association, every year the current board dissolves. Voting for board members 2021/2022 are open. Click on the link below to view the nominees. Voting will take place online. Link provided below. 

All members in good standing is allowed to vote (Professional and Youth Members) and you are only allowed to vote once. 

President: James Khoza

Chef James Khoza

Vice Presidents

Chef Linah Maruping

Chef Pinky Linah Maruping has worked in numerous establishments and gained a vast amount of industry experience in Country Lodges; Restaurants; Hotels to Cruise Liner and FMCG’s. Pinky is now a Regional Customer Chef for Unilever Food Solutions since 2009, providing support to the Customer Team through training, to improve the culinary skills of the team and serve as a key link between the business and the customers. Pinky was elected to the board since 2018 and in 2019 Initiated and launched a subcommittee within the SA Chefs Association called SA Chefs Women in Culinary providing support, creating a safe space/hub where women and LGBTQ can reach out to In a confidential and private environment. Pinky is deeply passionate about the development of the South African young chefs; about food; food wastage; the climate and the people.

Chef Coovashan Pillay

Chef Coo traded a career in commerce, for chef whites. A graduate of the International Hotel School and the Executive Chef at Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo Airport. He was elected to the SA Chefs Board in 2019 heading up the Youth Portfolio and also assists with SA Chefs events. A firm believer in grooming and mentoring young Chefs for the betterment and longevity of the industry.

Board of Directors

Chef Lesley Jacobs

Chef Lesley Jacobs, co-founder and current national program director of the FBI Chef Schools has been an active member of the SA Chefs Association since 1997 when he commenced his studies at the then Technikon Free State. He has strong industry connections through his time spent as an active chef and also through the current structures of their training schools. Apart from ample culinary expertise, Lesley also holds an MBA degree from the UFS and constantly strives to improve his knowledge and skills of culinary training and management. Lesley was the logistics manager of Team SA who competed in Stuttgart Germany.

Chef Allister Esau

Chef Allister was previously a Director of SA Chefs from 2009 to 2018. He was the Senior Vice President. He has still remained an active member of SA Chefs. Reflecting over 20 years’ experience (South Africa and England) in the Hospitality sector. He has General Management and Chef experience in Restaurants, Hotels, Project management, Conference and Events organization, Operations Management in full facilities, Culinary skills in training and development, Sales and Marketing in aquaculture with Food Safety in the kitchen.

Chef Warren Frantz

Chef Warren was elected on the SA Chefs Board since 2019, heading up the Regional Committee’s Portfolio. Previously he was the SA Chefs KwaZulu Natal Committee Chairman. With a local and international career spanning almost three decades, he is considered as a highly accomplished leader with vast experience in motivating , training and developing multicultural teams in the Food and Hospitality Industry. He is very passionate about developing those around him.

Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams

Chef Jocelyn has been a Chef for the past 25 years, and has worked and traveled to expand her culinary knowledge and experience to an international level. She is passionate about the culinary industry. Her main passion is to share her knowledge and experience as a student and a teacher to help others realise their dreams. She has high standards, a strong work ethic, and perseverance. Chef Jocelyn was the committee chair for the Western Cape region. Her aim is to grow and develop the culinary landscape of South Africa through opportunities and experiences, and build a more cohesive and successful Association.

Chef Candice Adams

Chef Candice ws the regional chair for Gauteng. Chef Candice has worked with a multitude of chefs and hospitality professionals which has enhanced her skill set. She has the ability to navigate through complex and difficult situations and enjoy working as a team. Chef Candice believes that SA Chefs partners need the support to be able to service the members’ needs and also have the best interest of the members. Her main focus would be on competitions and equality and as well as female empowerment. 

Chef Adrian Vigus-Brown

Adrian is the Executive Chef of the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel Autograph Collection. He was elected onto the SA Chefs board in 2019, where he is currently involved in upgrading and improving the Competition portfolio. In 2017 Adrian was selected for the South African Olympic Culinary team and took part in the 2020 Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart. Adrian was involved in SA Chefs Young Chefs Club and held the position of Chairman since 2013 to 2017. He is also the WorldChefs Mentor Ambassador for Middle East and Africa. Adrian is also an active SA Chefs level “A” judge with international and national judging experience.


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