The Purpose:

The National Youth Chefs Training Programme, created in vital partnership with the National Department of Tourism, is a dynamic, practical and important project that trains and develops previously unemployed youths between the ages of 18 and 35.

Building on the previous success of the Programme and the partnership between NDT and the South African Chefs Association, in this document, we propose to engage our Training Centers to form part in promoting the Culinary Arts in High Schools through the Adopt a School programme.

This initiative is meant to equip High School potential Culinarians with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in the Culinary Arts Industry.

Introduction to the South African Chefs Association:


The South African Chefs Association has a proud history of promoting the art and science of cookery in South Africa.

From humble beginnings in 1974 when a group of six chefs had a vision of an Association that would represent the interests of cooks and chefs across the country, it has grown to become the most recognised and respected representation of chefs in South Africa.

The hospitality industry in South Africa remains stilted by the severe skills shortage, and the industry is currently not meeting the demand for qualified chefs. While there have been positive measures in place to assist with this growth, more skilled culinary professionals are needed to meet the demands of local and international travellers.

One of the guiding philosophies of SA Chefs is to provide opportunities for development to disadvantaged members of our industry and community. Through SA Chefs’ co-ordination of and participation in local and international competitions over the last three decades, we have ensured the upliftment of the industry to global standards and provided opportunities for previously disadvantaged chefs to further their careers and continue the culture of transferring knowledge through the ranks.

Our calling is one of providing our members with the tools to improve their lives and, even more importantly, to have a significant impact on the lives and careers of the chefs with whom they share the knowledge they have acquired through international food promotions, competitions, workshops, educational conferences and learning experiences.

The education environment in South Africa is facing massive changes in which SA Chefs, a SAQA recognised Professional Body, is playing a pivotal role.

SA Chefs have been instrumental in the curriculum design of the new QCTO Occupational Qualification: Chef, which was registered by SAQA in March 2015 with the SAQA ID  94941.


We are also participating in the Technical Working Group under the guidance of NAMB (national Artisans Moderation Body) designing the Trade Test, Trade test centre accreditation criteria and the RPL toolkit for the New Occupational Qualification: CHEF.


SA Chefs is also home to the Centre for Culinary Excellence (CCE) in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, which serves as a comprehensive, interactive, state-of-the-art culinary learning and reference source for professional chefs and students of the hospitality sector in Southern Africa.


Emerging businesses benefit strongly from the CCE, in that it is used as a venue to provide theoretical training to Community Caterers through an Enterprise Development Programme. Over 400 small, emerging businesses, such as community catering companies, have been supported by this training programme, developing and growing their businesses and ensuring a high quality of food training and standards that they were not previously exposed to.  This has resulted in increased opportunities for their businesses and staff that they employ.


To achieve SA Chefs’s role of ‘Reflecting South Africa’s Culinary Diversity’ the Association organises and participates in many events and shows around the country, giving our members (including our NYCTP students) the opportunity to present demonstrations and take part in competitions that not only improve their knowledge and skill but also assist in raising their profile in the industry.


SA Chefs is proud to have 8 regional branches around the country. Namely, in Gauteng (Soweto and Johannesburg), Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Garden Route, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West Province.

Our members are spread throughout the country and are represented in all spheres of the hospitality sector, from fine dining to fast food restaurants.


SA Chefs is particularly proud of its charity initiative, the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH), which provides food for children in need. This feeding scheme now successfully provides meals for over 8000 children on a  daily basis, country wide.


SA Chefs has a proven track record of implementing and managing far-reaching programmes with social impact, the pinnacle of which is the National Youth Chefs Training Programme – the successful, award-winning programme that is made possible by the vital support, partnership and sponsorship of the National Department of Tourism.


Adopt a School Concept


The South African Chefs Association has been very active in producing quality Chefs throughout the Country, and it has been discovered that there’s still shortage of Chefs in the Country.

Therefore the SA Chefs Association would like to invite all our partners to leave mark in developing High Schools across the Country and adopt a School in their location that really needs assistance in any of the following :


  • Furniture/Equipment

NYCTP partners may donate any of their unused Equipment or furniture that the High School may need.

  • Books

NYCTP Partners may also donate Cook Books to the High School learners that are studying towards Hospitality or Culinary Industry.

  • Information Sharing

NYCTP Partner may also participate High Schools information sharing days to alert the learners about opportunities in the Culinary Industry.

  • Open Days

NYCTP Partner may also make arrangement with the High School that they participate in Schools open days,

  • Food and Catering

NYCTP Partner may also participate at the High School as a prime Caterer for events or maybe run the Schools Tuck shop if possible or become a Consulting partner for the School’s Tuck Shop,


Executive Summary

The National Department of Tourism and the South African Chefs Association have been in this relationship for over 6 years, and the only ambition is to produce culinary professionals, create employment which produced good results thus far,

It has been identified that most High Schools that are based in poverty stricken areas do not have knowledge and awareness of the Culinary Arts profession, which requires the Professionals to invest or create interest to the Youth of this Country about Culinary Industry.










































City Lodge Hotel Group Named Official Accommodation Partner for the South African Culinary Olympic Squad

Johannesburg, xx May 2018 – The City Lodge Hotel Group, the home of great accommodation establishments, has signed on as the official accommodation partner of the South African National Culinary Olympic Squad.


The National Culinary Olympic Squad is a division of the South African Chefs Association and will compete in the oldest and most prestigious global culinary competition in Stuttgart, Germany in February 2020.


As the official accommodation partner, City Lodge Hotel Group provides the squad with accommodation when they gather to prepare, until the IKA Culinary Olympics in 2020.


“The aspiring squad convenes once a month to practise the preparation of their chosen dishes and to talk through their strategy,” says Trevor Boyd, Team Manager, Executive Chef of The Michelangelo Hotel. “With team members based all over the country, the logistics of getting them together is challenging and we are delighted to have the City Lodge Hotel Group on board to help us unite our team for the monthly sessions.”


South Africa first sent a team to compete in the prestigious IKA Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart in 1980, with that team bringing home five individual gold medals and winning fourth place in the hot kitchen competition. Since then, the team has regularly competed across the globe and has brought back many medals and accolades, proudly showcasing South Africa’s talents on the international stage.


“This partnership with the Culinary Olympics squad is testament to our long-standing commitment to the South African hospitality industry,” explains Zuki Jantjies, divisional director: sales and marketing for City Lodge. “We share the same passion that sits within the core of the team’s culinary creations and are exceptionally proud to be an official sponsor of the team that represents South Africa in one of the toughest challenges on the culinary calendar.”


The team is hard at work, putting in the necessary hours to do South Africa proud. “Our participation is made possible through generous sponsorships, and we are grateful to the City Lodge Hotel Group for playing a key part in helping us prepare to face the entire world’s elite in cooking and culinary arts,” Boyd says.


Food and Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex

The Hostex is one of the leading hospitality and culinary expos in South Africa. But this year, it promises to be one of the biggest and most exciting of them all. Visitors will experience an amazing programme of demonstrations by top chefs, culinary displays as well as competitions for foodie students, up-and-coming chefs and experienced chefs at the SA Chefs Association’s Chefs Village. One of the popular attractions at Hostex is the global pizza challenge, which is going to be bigger and better this year. Other activities include mixology demonstrations, the Specialty Coffee Association of Southern Africa will also be promoting top-notch coffee making, which will showcase the best coffee making skills that Gauteng has to offer.