November 5, 2019

SA Chefs News – STH Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The University of JohannesburgSchool of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) celebrated its 50th anniversary on 18 September 2019 at Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus.

In the last half-century, the department has grown into an internationally renowned hospitality management school, offering substantive training programmes and leading the sector through its experience and expertise.

Ranked number 1 in Africa, and 20th in the top 100 tourism and hospitality schools globally, STH has a impressive alumni who have achieved recognition locally and internationally. Here, students have the opportunity to turn theory into practice through their state-of-the-art training facilities. It also allows students to showcase their expertise through banqueting, conferencing and fine dining experiences at STH venues which are open to the public.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an economic paradigm that we can’t ignore as Africans,” Dr  Abrahmse, Director: School of Tourism and Hospitality Management said at the event, “Today is about appreciation and acknowledgement of leaders who have guided the STH on its journey to date. It is also a commitment to take the school to the next level and to lead in developing Africa’s talent in the field of tourism and hospitality.”

The 2019 Rising Star Alumnus Award winner was presented to Thobile Dlamini, with Gert Brumme receiving the Golden Circle Alumnus Award.

Appetite Fest A Roaring Success

The much-anticipated Appetite Fest took place from 13-15 September this year at Time Square, Pretoria, to roaring success. The three-day festival saw stellar culinary artists take to the various stages in the form of Chefs Theatres, #I’mCookingWith, Chefs Table Masterclasses, Streatery, and Meet and Greets.

Guests of Appetite Fest got to watch international and local celebrity chefs show-off their culinary skills, with a fantastic line-up including MasterChef Australia’s Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Matt Preston, Shannon Bennet and 2018 winner Sashi Cheliah; and some of SA’s most renowned food celebs – Sarah Graham, Adrian Vaughan, Siba Mtongana, Bertus Basson, Claire Allen, Lorna Maseko and Ben Ungermann, to name just a few.

NTCE Creates Awareness Around the Profession

The National Tourism Careers Expo 2019, organised by the Department of Tourism, was hosted from 19-21 September in Rustenburg, North West. NTCE is in its 11th year running and this year was presented under the theme ‘Broadening Your Horizons Through Tourism Opportunities’. The expo aims to drive South Africa’s National Tourism Strategy’s goal of creating 225 000 tourism jobs opportunities by 2020.

“We are pleased with the impact the NTCE has made in terms of skilling young people and raising awareness of the opportunities that are presented by the sector and its multifaceted industries,” said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela.

SA Chefs Association was involved once again within NTCE 2019, raising awareness of the profession and what kind of options are available to learners who wish to pursue food-related careers.

Le Calabash Announces New Intern Intake

Le Calabash Petit Conservatoire de la Cuisine will be hosting a special cocktail evening on 30 October where several South African chefs will have the opportunity of a lifetime – a six-week internship experience in France’s Loire Valley with Chefs Sidney and Alison Bond. The lucky young chefs will learn and be entrenched in the world of French culinary art and cuisine in 2020. The evening takes place from 4pm at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Johannesburg.

SA Chefs Women in Culinary Launched

A new committee for SA Chefs has been launched – Women in Culinary. The event took place in October, with SA Chefs Director Chef Coovashan Pillay delivering a heart-warming speech to all in attendance. “Don’t allow yourself to get put in a box,” he said. “Be open and adaptable to change. It is important to take on the challenge and stretch your potential in the industry. Trust your denial intuition. It is a very powerful tool. Focus on the advantages of being a woman.”

The new SA Chefs committee members for Women in Culinary are as follows:

  • Alyssa McConnell
  • Amanda Mabaso
  • Dillan Mogridge
  • Elsu Gericke
  • Karen Blancé
  • Leno Dhlamini
  • Lungile Makiza
  • Mapule Mbonani
  • Pinky Maruping
  • Sarah Lombard

InfoChef Marks Another Success

InfoChef KZN took place in October with great success. The event was well attended by industry stakeholders, students and food industry suppliers from the region. Young chefs and potential newbies to the industry were exposed to some of the region’s most renowned chefs, and also got to meet with SA Chefs board of directors, regional committee members and other familiar faces in the industry.

Limpopo Hosts Taste of Tzaneen

The SA Chefs Limpopo Committee will be presenting the Taste of Tzaneen from 31 October – 2 November 2019. During the event, they will also be hosting both the Junior and Senior Chef of the Year Competitions. Taking place at the Fairview Hotel, there will be a culinary theatre with fascinating demonstrations, live interactions and more. To be part of the festival or to find out more, contact Chef Tommie Hurter on

SA Chefs Junior Culinary Team Competes

The SA Chefs Junior Culinary Team participated in the African Culinary Cup in Egypt towards the end of October. Recently announced was that Saxon Hotel, Villa and Spa’s Hope Mdakane and Chantal Molnar were selected to be part of the team to compete in Egypt. The Junior team will also compete in Shanghai in November – so they are in full practice mode.

Be sure to follow their story and successes over the next few weeks on @SAChefsAssociation on Facebook. A special thanks goes to SigmaChef who sponsored the chef jackets for the team.

International Chefs Day Celebrated

SA Chefs celebrated International Chefs Day on 20 October by inviting several primary school classes to their offices to experience what being a chef is all about. The theme for the day was How Healthy Food Works.

Many other companies and chefs took part in the festivities, including Radisson Blu Sandton, who hosted their day with Gauteng Young Chefs Club (YCC) members Keegan Maistry and Kirti Kamal. Nestle fed around 1 000 children and were involved in International Chefs Day as well. Tsogo Sun was one of the hoteliers which also observed the day, as well as Chef MLK School, The Food Education Agency, and many others across South Africa and the world as part of World Chefs’ initiative.

AOC Inducts Three and Awards One

The Academy of Chefs inducted three new members into their organisation at a glamorous event on 19 October 2019 at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa. In a very special moment, Eugenie Ravenscroft was recognised for her incredible dedication to the AOC, especially while holding the chair for the remainder of Chef Froneman’s term after his untimely passing.

A huge congratulations also goes to Arnold Tanzer, Elias Letswele and Trevor Boyd, who were inducted into the AOC.

Sidebar: Hostex 2020 Is Coming – Have Your Say!

Hostex returns again in 2020 with a bang – this time with new dates, formats and more. From 1-3 March 2020 at the Sandton Convention Centre, food industry professionals can take part on one of Africa’s largest food, drink and hospitality trade fairs. To find out more, visit

We want to hear from you – be sure to tell SA Chefs what your thoughts are on Hostex and how we can improve your experience. Pop an email to today.

Sidebar: Don’t Forget to Drop Your Toys Off

The SA Chefs Young Chefs Club will be hosting a Toys for Tots charity event this year. You can be part of this drive to make a difference in the lives of young children. Simply find a big, empty box and decorate it, place it in your school(s) or workplace, and start collecting toys, tin food or even clothing for young orphaned children. Once the box is full, be sure to bring it to one of the following drop-off points by 22 November 2019

SA Chefs Offices
UJ’s School of Tourism and Hospitality
Capsicum Culinary Studio – Umhlanga Campus
Limpopo Chefs Academy (Polokwane and Mokopane Campuses)
Western Cape:
International Hotel School – Cape Town Campus
Capsicum Cape Town

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