South African Chefs Association (SACA) is pleased to announce that GT Lundie has been appointed as the Mpumalanga Regional Chairman.
With a wealth of experience, GT Lundie combines a classical background with an innovative and passionate approach to food and he is looking forward to heading up SACA’s committee in the Mpumalanga region.
The regional committees of SACA creates a platforms for members in the area to network, organise social functions, do charity work and add a tangible benefit to SACA members in the area. GT has a proven track record of culinary and business leadership in the local and international hospitality scene, making him the ideal choice for regional chairman.
GT started his career as chef at Rivonia’s popular Browns Restaurant before he moved on to Jatinga Country Lodge in White River. A couple of years later, he was offered the opportunity to work at Singita, a luxurious private game lodge in Mpumalanga. At Singita, GT met Lizelle, who became his wife, and they set off to explore the culinary routes of London and Scotland together. During this time abroad, GT was fortunate to work under Michelin-star chefs at Glenapp Castle and at Relais & Chateaux Amberley Castle.
Returning to South Africa, GT worked as head chef of Roots restaurant in the Cradle of Humankind for two years, before he opened reputed Orange restaurant in Nelspruit in 2007, fulfilling a long-held dream of opening his own restaurant. Within his first year he received one of two American Express Fine Dining Awards in Mpumalanga, one of only 12 Blazons in the country awarded by the Chaine de Rôtisseurs and a Diners Club Diamond Award for his wine list – also one of only two awarded to Mpumalanga. Building on the success of Orange, GT and Lizelle opened Zest restaurant in I'langa Mall, Nelspruit.
President of SACA, Stephen Billingham welcomes GT and congratulates him on his new position.