Culinary Team South Africa Dinner

Culinary Team South Africa is to food what the Springboks are to rugby, and the Proteas are to cricket.  Culinary Team South Africa consists of seven junior members and twelve senior members. The National Team will be competing internationally in the oldest and most prestigious culinary competition in the world, the “Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung” termed the IKA Culinary Olympics 2012, hosted in Erfurt, Germany.

South Africafirst sent a team overseas to compete at the Culinary Olympics in 1980. For the first time ever in 2000 the Culinary Team South Africa comprised wholly of South African born and trained team members and past participants have been made up of renowned chefs such as Bill Gallaher, Bruce Burns, Andrew Atkinson and Garth Stroebel to name a few.

The unifying slogan of our Culinary Team “Masakhane” being a Zulu/Xhosa phrase meaning, “let’s build each other up” or “stand together” personifies their work ethic in the kitchen and the camaraderie amongst the squad.  The coat of arms depicts the classic tools of a chef’s trade – a spoon and a whisk – as well as the chef’s hat (toque) and flames.  The emblem also boasts South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea.

On the eve of 26 March 2012 South African Chefs Association (SACA) extended an invitation to proud Culinary Team South Africa sponsors and supporters in joining the South African National Culinary Team in showcasing the Menu which they will be competing with inErfurt,Germany, on October 6 – October 17, 2012.

After months of intense training and honing of skills, Culinary Team South Africa will showcase their refined menu and efforts at the Good Food and Wine Show featuring the self-taught gastronomic genious Heston Blummenthal; the owner of The Fat Duck, the restaurant which holds a Michelin Guide rating and was named best restaurant in Britain and in the world.

Chef Nadia and Chef Wesley were lucky enough to be invited to the event and were amazed at the potential the Team demonstrated and the quality of food that was presented by the Team after a gruelling service of 110 guests in “staggered service”.

The Menu reflects the achievements and growth of the South African Culinary Team featuring exciting cooking techniques and indigenous flavours.

Team members include: Kevin Miller, HD Fraser, Kelvin Joel, Keiron Reynolds, Edward Clegg, Peter Gyorgyicsek, Jacques Swart, Charl Gyzen,Siyabulela Kobo,Tanja Kruger ,Bruce Burns ( Manager), Abubaker Bagaria, Jerome Norton, Nadin Pospech- Demmler, Natasha Fernandes, Kgomotso Rasepae, Justin Simpson, Gontse Moyane and Vusumuzi Ndlovu, Zola Luwaca , Henrico Grobbelaar (Photo courtesy of SACA website)

For more information on Culinary Team South Africa or to become part of the official supporter’s club, visit


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