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
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
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 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
A book of Condolences for the Gallagher Family will be available for
your contribution at The South African Chefs Association; or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!!
The South African Chefs Association