The Palace at Sun City to sponsor chef’s uniforms for the Junior SA Culinary Olympic Team

2016 is set to be a busy year, with both the Olympics and the Culinary Olympics happening just a few months apart. Although the sports kits for athletes differ depending on the type of sport being played, culinary enthusiasts have a team of men and women in chef’s whites. The world’s most prestigious culinary battle deserves only the best of everything; fortunately, Sun International has come on board again as a sponsor for Junior Culinary Team SA.


The Palace at Sun City is sponsoring a full chef’s uniform for the six Team members and their Coach, Klaus Beckmann. This sponsorship is in conjunction with culinary and hospitality apparel specialist – and another sponsor of the Junior team – Maestro Chef. Since April 2016, a second property within Sun International, The Maslow, has also sponsored accommodation on a monthly basis for out-of-town Team members from Durban.


There are many costs involved in providing the necessary training and competition opportunities for team members. As a non-profit company, the SA Chefs Association relies heavily on the support of sponsors to establish and manage the team effectively. Sun International has been a long-standing patron of the SA Chefs Association and with this sponsorship joins the esteemed list of fellow sponsors. These sponsors include Bosasa, Ecolab, Sir Juice, Turn ‘n Slice, Maestro Chef and Braeside Butchery.


“We are excited to support these promising chefs as the team who will be representing South Africa. As a lifestyle destination we are always looking at new trends and talent in the culinary industry as we strive to be at helm of innovation,” says Nicholas Froneman, The Palace Executive Chef.


For the past two years, the young chefs in the Junior Team have been very busy honing their skills and sharpening their knives as they prepare to showcase their skills against the world’s best. This sponsorship will no doubt help them focus on the task at hand as they move one step closer towards gastronomic gold.


The IKA Culinary Olympics is happening in in Erfurt Germany from 22 to 25 October 2016.

SA Chefs are saddened to announce the passing of Dr Billy Gallagher

On behalf of the South African Chefs Association, we are saddened to announce the passing of our Life Honoury President, Dr Billy Gallagher,

who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this

morning, 19th of May 2016.

Billy Gallagher was one of South Africa's iconic figures in the Food and Beverage industry and his experience spanned over four decades at

the highest level. As Group Food and Beverage Director for Africa's

leading hotel chain, Southern Sun, Gallagher was responsible for the

Food and Beverage development of many of the company’s

outstanding properties.

A certified Master Chef from Westminster

College in London, he also held an honorary doctorate in Culinary

Arts from the University of Johnson and Wales in Miami in the

United States.

Gallagher's involvement in the industry was well known; most notably

his work in education.  He spent five years as Chairman of the Board of

the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of

Johannesburg. He served as President of the South African Chefs

Association for 20 years. He was elected President of the World

Association of Chefs Societies (spanning 90 countries and 10 million

members) from 1996 to 2000.

A tireless proponent of advancing the knowledge of young people,

he was instrumental in the first apprenticeship scheme for young chefs

and was a founding member of the original Hospitality Industry Training

Board. His involvement with the Food and Beverage industry enjoyed

many facets; not least of all bringing a host of international culinary

celebrities to South Africa, thus highlighting the role that food and

beverage can play in tourism within Southern Africa.

Gallagher was actively involved with a number of projects over the last few years. He was Joint Convener of the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger

charity programme, which took place in South Africa in 2011, with

the clear objective to raise R10 million to help alleviate

and reduce the plight of hunger to the needy.

His list of awards is extensive and encompasses the following

honorary memberships:

Honorary Fellow City and Guilds of London Institute

Honorary Member of the German Chefs Association

Honorary Hall of Fame Member of the American Academy of Chefs

Lifetime Achievement Award World Association of Chefs Societies

Honorary Member of the Canadian Federation of Chefs

Honorary Member of the British Chefs and Cooks Circle

Honorary Member of the Circle of Chefs of Israel

Member of the Honourable Order of the Golden Toque USA

Disciple of Paul Bocuse (one of 50 worldwide)

There can be few people in the hospitality industry, both locally and

abroad, who haven’t admired Dr Bill Gallagher. His achievements as

a chef, mentor, competitor and friend to chefs around the world

were legendary.

A book of Condolences for the Gallagher Family will be available for

your contribution at The South African Chefs Association; or email: or visit our offices in Auckland Park to

make sure that your message is included.

We are all deeply saddened by the news of this loss and our thoughts

and prayers go out to Linda, Mark and Ian and their families. We pray

that our Lord brings you much needed peace and fond memories

during this sad time.


Chef. Mentor. Industry Icon. Author. Humanitarian.

Dr Billy Gallagher, we salute you!!!

Stephen Billingham


The South African Chefs Association