WHO IS CULINARY TEAM SOUTH AFRICA?
The National Culinary team is a division of the South African Chefs Association and a non-profit Company since 1974 and has been recognised as the representative for chefs, cooks and caterers of South Africa. The current Culinary Team South Africa is led by team manager, Chef Heinz Brunner (Operations Manager Circle Foods, Hon Life President South African Chefs Association, Hon Life Member World Association of Chefs Societies and past team member). The team includes seven talented chefs, namely: Henrico Grobbelaar (Executive Chef at Southern Sun The Cullinan), Dion Vengatass (Sous Chef Main Kitchen at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel), Blake Anderson (Executive Chef at 3SIXTY and Billy G, Montecasino), Trevor Boyd (Executive Chef at Michelangelo), Kirstin Hellemann (Chef de Partie at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel), Minette Smith (Pastry Chef at HTA School of Culinary Art) and Arno Ralph (Chocolatier at Lindt & Sprungli SA).
Advisors to the Team include Chef Garth Shnier who is the Nodal Executive Chef of Sandton Sun, Sandton Convention Centre and InterContinental Sandton and member of the World Association of Chefs Societies Culinary Guidelines Committee (advisor on competition rules, guidelines and cold kitchen); Chef David Higgs, Chef Patron of Marble Restaurant (hot kitchen advisor); and Martin Kobald, Owner, ChefMLK School of Cooking (international trends and judging advisor).
WHAT IS THE IKA CULINARY OLYMPICS
The IKA Culinary Olympics, the oldest and most prestigious global culinary competition, will take place from 22 to 25 October 2016 in Erfurt, Germany. A total of 32 countries will have six hours to prepare their three-course menus to serve 110 people under the scrutiny of thousands of spectators and international judges from around the world.
A PROUD OLYMPIC CULINARY HISTORY
South Africa first sent a team overseas to compete in the Culinary Olympics in 1980; bringing home five individual gold medals and winning fourth place overall in the hot kitchen competition. For the first time ever in 2000, the South African National Culinary Team or Culinary Team South Africa as it is now known, comprised a wholly South African born and trained team.
Throughout the culinary team’s history, renowned chefs have been a part of the team, including the late Bill Gallagher, Heinz Brunner, Manfred Muellers, Bruce Burns, Andrew Atkinson, Garth Shnier, Paul Hartmann, David Higgs and Garth Stroebel.
In 2004, Team SA brought back four medals constituting of three silvers and one bronze. In 2008, Culinary Team SA brought back a gold medal in the Hot Kitchen section – the first gold to be won by South Africa in 16 years. In the same year, Culinary Team SA were awarded the official South African Team status by the Department of Arts and Culture’s Bureau of Heraldry. This recognition reflects the enormous achievements of the South African Chefs Association and growth of the South African National Culinary Team.