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The Bill and Linda Gallagher Centre of Hope opens to feed hungry children

On Monday, 28 November 2016, Thari Mmelegi Feeding Centre in Monnakato, Rustenburg, officially opened its doors as “The Bill and Linda Gallagher Centre of Hope”.  The morning kicked off with a Prayer by Rev. Thwala, followed by a speech and official opening of the feeding scheme by the President of the South African Chefs Association - Mr Stephen Billingham. Thabile Zulu from Nedbank congratulated all those involved in the project as a great achievement.

The feeding centre has been named “The Bill and Linda Gallagher Centre of Hope”, in honour of the late Dr Bill Gallagher, and his wife Linda.  Dr. Gallagher was one of South Africa's iconic figures in the Food and Beverage industry. He was a Chef, Mentor, Industry Icon, Author and Humanitarian and his experience spanned over four decades at the highest level.

Dr Bill Gallagher, through the South African Chefs Association founded the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH) 23 years ago in 1993.  The WCTAH fund currently supports the feeding of 8,300 children across South Africa, on a daily basis, of which Thari Mmelegi orphanage is currently a beneficiary.


Thari Mmelegi Orphanage is an organisation that caters for orphans and needy children from the Monnakato Township, outside of Rustenburg. The rate of orphans and vulnerable children in this area is extremely high as many parents in this community fall victim to AIDS. Some toddlers are being cared for by their elderly grandparents. However, more often than not, many children, sometimes as young as 11 years old, are left behind to head up their households. All of these children, no matter what their circumstance, are hungry and desperate. The orphanage feeds and cares for these children, and provides a safe, loving environment for every child who visits here.

In just four years this wonderful initiative has come about. In 2013, Thari Mmelegi Orphanage became a beneficiary of the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger Fund, to support the feeding of over 80 vulnerable and orphaned children in the Monnakato area.

Nicholas Froneman – Executive Chef of The Palace at Sun City and also a Director of the South African Chefs Association, saw a need to assist Thari Mmelegi, and later that year, he started The Building Fund.

In Phase 1 of the Building Project, a secure wall was built around the property, which was completed in November 2013.  In November 2015, phase 2 of the building project began, with the building of the Feeding Centre.  Local building contractors from the surrounding communities were procured to build the wall and the feeding centre.

What was once an opened sided shelter, constructed of poles and a tin roof, where the children ate outside, has now become a proper feeding centre that will be able to support more children from the community. Facilities now include a full kitchen, dining hall, library, sick bay, overnight facility

Mark and Ian Gallagher who are DR Bill and Linda Gallagher’s Sons said, “We would like to express our thanks to everyone who contributed to making the centre a reality.   These projects always require immense sacrifices from all involved to turn them from ideas into reality.  The end result looks amazing and we are sure it will change the lives of many for years to come.  Working with children had a special place in our father’s heart and we are sure he would feel a great happiness knowing the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger was able to support such projects.  If they were with us today, we know both Bill and Linda would be extremely humbled by the honour you have bestowed on them.  As their sons it brings us an incredible sense of pride and peace, showing yet again the impact their lives had on others.  For this we express our heartfelt gratitude and wish the centre all the success going forward”

We wish to thank the following benefactors for their financial contributions and continued support the past four years. These benefactors include:


·       Sun International Sun City CSI Fund who contributed R 315,000

·       Nedbank who contributed R 250,000

·       And collectively the following organisations contributed R 208,411 - Prestige Cleaning (R40,000), Fruit Spot (R 15,000), Chaine de Rotisseurs Bailliage de Pretoria (R 38,000), Thermomix SA (R 20,650), Thermomix AUS (R 26,204), and The South African Chefs Associations Academy of Chefs (R 68,587)

·       Platinum Bikers for assisting in purchasing the land under the name of Thari Mmelegi Orphanage.

A special thank you to Sun Internationals’, Sun City CSI Team and Sun City Management and staff, who have supported Nicholas Froneman in this amazing endeavour, especially to Siphiwe Buthelezi – Sun City Resort CSI Manager, and his CSI Team, who helped to secure the final funding from Nedbank, required to complete this building project. Although the feeding centre will make a massive different to the children of Monakato Township, it will no doubt help to uplift the community as a whole too.


Special guests included Member of Mayoral Committee for Special Projects in Rustenburg, Mr. John Malubi, Ward Councillor Mr. Patrick Tlhapi, and Mr. Mpho Molongoana from Platinum Bikers, Thabile Zulu from Nedbank, Ronel Bezuidenhout Managing Director of Capital Hotel School and previous Bailli of Chaine des Rotisseurs Baillage de Pretoria, Philippe Frydman from SA Chefs Academy of Chefs, Kabelo Segone – Vice President of SA Chefs, Alice Piktija – owner of Port-a-Kitchen/Thermomix SA and Duane and John Riley from Gallagher Foundation.

For more information, please contact Bridget on or 011 482 7250.


Before Photo #1 – 2013 photo with children and community helpers


Before Photo # 2 – 2013 photo with Nicholas Froneman and Phineas Lepuru


After Photo of Orphanage – street view of orphanage during opening ceremony


Ceremony Opening Prayer with Siphiwe Buthelezi, Ronel Bezuidenhout, Thabile Zulu, Stephen Billingham, Rev. Thwala, Nicholas Froneman, Adrian Vigus-Brown, Philippe Frydman, Kabelo Segone


Speech by Founder of Thari Mmelegi Orphanage & Feeding Scheme – Thabo Motaung


Unveiling of Plaque – Lt to Rt: Alice Piktija – Port-a-Kitchen/Thermomix SA; Thabile Zulu – Nedbank; Stephen Billingham – Pres. SA Chefs; Rev. Thwala; Thabo Motaung – Thari Mmelegi Founder; Ronel Bezuidenhout – Chaine des Rotisseurs Baillage de Pretoria; Nicholas Froneman – The Palace, Sun City; Kabelo Segone – Master of Ceremonies & SA Chefs Vice Pres.; Siphiwe Buthelezi – Sun City CSI Manager


Plaques photo with Nicholas Froneman, Stephen Billingham and Philippe Frydman



  After photo – completed view of the feeding centre.

SA Chefs walk Sani Pass to raise money for the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger

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On 22 February 2014, 30 SACA chefs from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as 10 support crew walked the beautiful, but challenging, Sani Pass to raise funds for the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH), which is SACA’s charity initiative that feeds over 8000 children across the country on a monthly basis. WCTAH Co-ordinator Bridget Gunner, shares the experience of the walk.

Sani Pass is a World Heritage Site, 2874m above sea level, on the border between South Africa and Lesotho, and the walk is an 8km, 1332m climb up a steep and rough terrain. Undeterred by the challenge and excited to get together with fellow chefs for a good cause, 30 chefs from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, as well as their supporters, met at the Himeville Arms in Underberg, on 21 February 2014, to undertake the challenge of Walking up Sani Pass for WCTAH, and to feed a community in the area, on 22 February 2014.  
The participants met early on Saturday morning at the Sani Pass Hotel, and drove 14 kilometres to the South African Border Post of Sani Pass. After a few challenges along the way, which resulted in some chefs having to push 4x4 vehicles out of muddy patches, the walk began at about 09h30. The support crew drove up ahead of the chefs walking, to begin preparations for feeding the community at the top.
There was a diverse group of chefs walking, from all experience levels. From the older kitchen legends to chefs just starting out, we were pleased to have the support of chefs such as celebrity Alan Ford (Executive Producer of Chopped SA 2014), renowned chef and cookbook author Jackie Cameron from Hartford House, and four of the chefs that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year to raise money for WCTAH – Heinz Brunner, Glynn Sinclair, Jeff Schueremans and Fritz Flatscher. 
With the experienced hikers taking one-and-a-half hours to walk the pass, the remaining chefs took anywhere from two-and-a-half to five hours to complete the walk. The walk was both challenging and exhilarating, and once at the top, everyone enjoyed having a drink at the highest pub in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge. 
After an overnight stay, and good sleep, at the top of Sani Pass, the chefs then made the arduous walk back down the pass the following morning.
We would like to thank the chefs for taking the initiative to complete this walk, as well as the following companies for generously supporting and sponsoring the Sani Pass Walk for WCTAH:
Tsebo Outsourcing
 Maluti Breweries
Trump Meat
The Glen Shopping Centre
Silva Sale Events
Dairy World
Radisson Blu Sandton
Himeville Arms




Six SA Chefs Climb Kilimanjaro against hunger

What do six chefs, one famous mountain, 20 gold medals and thousands of hungry children have in common? The ‘Chefs Climb Kilimanjaro Against Hunger’ Challenge – with an end goal of raising R500 000 for  the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger Fund.

A team of six veteran South African chefs with a combined collection of 20 gold medals won in culinary competitions, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first World Chefs Tour Against Hunger and in a bid to raise funds to feed hungry children.

Under the auspices of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), the South African Chefs Association (SACA) and patron and founder of WCTAH, Dr Bill Gallagher, the six chefs will travel to Kenya to climb 5 895m to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa. This is the first time in the 80+ year history of WACS that a group of such decorated chefs has been assembled to undertaken this harrowing and physically challenging attempt.

Leaving their chefs hats and aprons behind, the six chefs – Heinz Brunner (honourary life president of WACS and honourary life president of SACA), Martin Kobald (immediate past president of SACA and current chairman of WACS World Without Borders), Glynn Sinclair and Manfred Reinhart (decorated competition chefs and owners of Sinclair’s Signature Specialities), Jeff Schueremans (former director of SACA and past national team member) and Fritz Flatscher (pastry chef extraordinaire and owner of Café Mozart and Springbok Chef) – will spend six days on the climb and decent of the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro in August. The team are currently putting themselves through a rigorous training schedule to ensure that they are physically fit and have built up the endurance necessary for this challenging expedition.

Fundraising for World Chefs Tour Against Hunger will be achieved through corporate sponsorships of these decorated chefs’ Kilimanjaro climb, as well as through public donations. “The public can get involved by making donations to the fund, and our goal is to raise R100 per metre of the climb, which will result in a final donation of R589 500,” says Heinz Brunner, leader of the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger Kilimanjaro expedition.

The team departs South Africa on 10 August and returns – hopefully with half a million rand in the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger coffers – on 18 August. To follow their progress, go to or Chefs Tour Against Hunger 2011.

To support the cause, contact Bridget Gunner on 011-482-7250 or

Alternatively, you can donate money into the WCTAH bank account. Please use Kili as a reference and please email to let us know that you have deposited money, so that we can thank you!

The bank details are:
Account name: South African Chefs Association
Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Acc number: 1008244279


On 26 November, the General Manager of SACA, Graham Donet, visited Hands at Work in Mpumalanga, 
a charity organisation that is supported monthly by the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH) Fund.

Based in Peebles Valley, Mpumalanga, Hands at Work is situated between White River and Hazyview  and 
currently operates in two key regions: Bushbuckridge and Clau Clau.

Currently, 200 children are benefitting from the WCTAH Fund, attaining food supplies on a monthly basis. 
There are 11 Community-based organisations in this area, and within these 11 communities, 600 children 
are affected by adverse poverty, sub-standard living, and often also support immigrants from 
neighbouring African countries.

The team that makes Hands at Work, 
work – Catherine Clarkson, Vusi & Ben,
Graham Donet & Thomas Overbeck from SACA.


Some of the children currently supported by 
WCTAH, praying before they receive their meal.



On 24 November 2012, Akani Diepsloot Foundation, a charity that is supported by the WCTAH Fund,
held a Christmas Party for the 850 children and teenagers that are currently being supported through their feeding scheme. 

The children put on a variety of shows, from Zulu dancers, to gum boot dancers, and a fantastic African version of Charlie and the 
Chocolate Factory, called ‘Tshepe and the Chocolate Factory’.

After the entertainment was over, the children received a Christmas parcel that contained a hamburger, fruit juice, and a variety of sweets.

Children enjoying the Christmas pack

Tshepe and the Chocolate Factory production



Nolte Kitchens, in conjunction with Clinton Verhoog from Delectables Catering and Events, have joined creative forces, to bring us the Nolte Kitchen Club. Fantastic evenings of food, wine and good company; the proceeds of these monthly events will go towards the WCTAH Fund, to continue the efforts to raise funds to feed children across South Africa.

The first dinner event was held on 21 November, and it was a delicious, South African-style Christmas feast. A long table was decorated beautifully and Clinton’s menu was superb. Guests enjoyed smoked salmon terrine with avo aoili, caper berries and caviar; cold gammon with celeriac remoulade and confit red onions and honey brined deboned roast turkey with lentil and walnut salad and cranberry chilli dressing to name just a few of the dishes on the menu. While guests enjoyed their food and wine, they could also watch Clinton in action finishing off his dishes and plating up to perfection.

The Nolte Kitchen Club takes place at Nolte Kitchens Showroom in Bryanston, Randburg. The dinner events will be advertised and broadcast on The Home Channel and we will keep you posted about upcoming events. For more information, kindly email Nolte Kitchens at or Clinton Verhoog at



On 2 November 2012, Elanja Children’s Initiative, threw a surprise Christmas Party for the pupils they are currently supporting through their feeding scheme.

WCTAH currently support the Elanja Children’s Initiative with dry goods through the fund, and this is the first time that these children have enjoyed a Christmas party through the feeding scheme. Approximately 400 children enjoyed the food and festivities, and each child was delighted to also receive a goodie bag filled with treats.

Children from Elanja receiving and enjoying their
Christmas goodie bag


View photos from the WCTAH Gala Dinner 2012


Chefs tour raises enough money for 800 000 meals

Painting specially commissioned for World Chefs Tour Against Hunger

Renowned culinary artist Frans Groenewald has created a lasting memento for the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger, which will see 250 chefs from 44 countries visiting South Africa in just over a week to raise funds and awareness for hungry children.

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The purchase of one of these lively depictions of the life of a chef, entitled 'South African Culinary Delights' will directly benefit hungry children.

A limited edition of 500 signed and numbered prints can be purchased at a cost of R499 (including VAT) unframed or R999 framed. Unsigned paintings will be available at demonstration kitchens in Johannesburg at Montecasino and Hyde Park Corner, in Nelspruit at Riverside Mall, in East London at Hemingways Mall, in Cape Town at CTICC and in Durban at Suncoast Casino from 25-27 August.

The original item, sponsored by Frame Genie, will be auctioned at the official gala dinner of the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 August 2011. Canvas replicas will be auctioned at various other dinners in Pretoria, Mbombela, Vereeniging, East London, Cape Town and Durban.

The tour aims to raise over R5 million to feed needy children for a five-year period, with the main beneficiaries being African Children's Feeding Scheme, the Akani Diepsloot Foundation and Meals on Wheels, as well as various regional charities.

NELSPRUIT - A world-class food fair will be hosted in the city next month in an attempt to curb hunger around the globe.

Riverside Mall will be staging tantalising food promotions and exhibitions during its feast food festival, which will be followed by the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH), which comes to Mpumalanga’s entertainment Mecca, Emnotweni Casino, at the end of August this year.

The launch was held at Riverside Mall last Thursday and Emnotweni Casino chef Wendy Dunn prepared mouthwatering bites, including delicacies like carpaccio and sushi and gave guests a glimpse of what they could expect in the month to follow.

“Our community and whoever is lucky enough to be in Nelspruit over this time will be treated to an epic food festival unlike anything seen in this region before.

Top chefs from five countries including Romania, Iceland and the USA will be visiting Emnotweni as part of the tour.

This presents a fantastic opportunity for local people to explore a rich diversity of cuisine prepared and demonstrated by some of the world’s most-renowned chefs.

“Running up to the WCTAH event, our partner in delivering first-class entertainment to Nelspruit. Riverside Mall will host  a series of food promotions and expos spanning  more than a month. In a nutshell, it is a six-week long explosion of fun, food and wine to delight the senses.

“We are really excited about the upcoming Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger and  are already counting down the days,” said  Ig Olivier, general manager of Emnotweni Casino, which is one of the sponsors of the Mpumalanga leg of the Bidvest WCTAH.


As part of celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary this year the Southern Sun Elangeni on the Durban beachfront will help to raise funds for – and awareness of – the hungry in South Africa.
The hotel will host a charity banquet on 25 August, as well as a number of food-inspired fund-raising events as it does its bit for the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger.
The programme for the banquet features fine food, wine and entertainment. Durban’s Terence Pillay will be the MC for the evening and one of Durban’s favourite bands, Beat-Route, will provide the music.
Tickets are R395 per person or R3 950 for a table of 10 to enjoy a four-course meal prepared by executive chef Shaun Munro (above), executive sous chef Clinton Bonhomme and the Elangeni’s culinary brigade.
Wines will be supplied by Distell. Diners will receive a souvenir gift plate as a memento. All proceeds raised from the evening, which includes a fund-raising auction, will go to charity.
The Elangeni will also run an in-house food festival with the visiting culinary teams from Canada and the UK, who will stay at the hotel, to showcase the cuisine of their respective countries.
Over the same period Elangeni chefs will take part in food demonstrations with chefs from around the world at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World.

During their visit to Nelspruit from Thursday August 25 to Sunday the 28th, the touring chefs will host dynamic cooking demos at Emnotweni Casino’s newly-refurbished

Explorers Restaurant and Riverside Mall’s Food Court. They will also host a whisky tasting and auction in the mall, and visit some of the local charities selected to benefit from the tour. 

During the Bidvest WCTAH, Explorers will have a set menu with dishes designed by the chefs during their demonstrations. A portion of the meal price will go towards the fund-raiser.

“There is going to be a lot happening in the run-up to, and during the Bidvest WCTAH, with events and food promotions taking place daily. We hope that our local community will join us in celebrating good food, friends and wine. Aside from providing great oppor-tunities to try new things and have some fun, it is all for a good cause. All the monies we raise through our initiatives as part of the Bidvest WCTAH will go to needy charities in and near Nelspruit,” added Olivier.

You can also sample the speciality dishes from the home countries of the visiting chefs at the Emnotweni Sun Hotel, where you’ll be treated to delicacies from Iceland, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique.
 Phone 013-757-3000 to book your seat.

For more information about the Bidvest WCTAH, visit

Welsh chefs prepare for South African charity campaign

Four Welsh chefs are cooking up a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of a trip to South Africa to support the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger 2011 in August.

Toby Beevers, executive chef at The University of Chester, Mike Evans, a lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, Rhos on Sea, Gareth Johns, co-owner of the Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth and Colin Gray, chef director in Capital Cuisine, Cardiff, have been set a target of raising £3,000.

They have been selected to represent the Welsh Culinary Association at the third World Chefs Tour Against Hunger. The event aims to raise money to provide food to feed underprivileged children in South Africa and promote global awareness of the dire need to help alleviate poverty and hunger.

Open to 250 chefs from around the globe, the 10-day tour runs from August 21-30 and is being organised by the South African Chefs Association with support from the World Association of Chefs Societies.

Starting and ending in Johannesburg, the tour will travel across the country visiting various cities. The chefs will take part in food festivals, demonstrations and feeding schemes, culminating in a festive Bidvest Gala dinner where donated items will be auctioned to raise money.

To support their fundraising bid, Beevers and Evans are organising a fundraising five-course dinner in conjunction with local charity Tŷ Gobaith at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru on Thursday, May 5. Tickets at £35 each are available from Tŷ Gobaith, who will share the proceeds with the chefs.

Johns, who took part in the tour in South Africa in 2003, said: "I am very proud indeed to be representing Wales again at this amazing event. I came home last time feeling enriched yet humbled by my experiences, and am looking forward to being able, by my own small efforts, to help those less fortunate than myself to look forward to a better future."
Mr Gray added: "I am proud to be representing Wales on this momentous occasion. It's an opportunity to give something back to those less fortunate than ourselves and to be able to contribute to the global effort is immensely fulfilling."


Tallying the final figure for raised funds for the Bidvest World Chefs Tour held last week revealed that R8-million had been raised by 250 international chefs to help feed hungry children. This will amount to 821 250 meals over five years for needy children.

The Tour, which began on 20 August and ended in with a gala dinner in Johannesburg last week, saw chefs from as far afield as Thailand, the USA, Myanmar, South Tyrol, Russia, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia coming to South Africa to help fight hunger.

This was the third time that World Chefs Tour Against Hunger has been held and was supported this year by Bidvest and Southern Sun in association with SABC3, with Southern Sun providing meals and 200 rooms in 26 hotels around the country. The tour was arranged by the South African Chefs Association (SACA) and the Academy of Chefs, under the auspices of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).The Tour’s patron is Dr Bill Gallagher, founder of the original event in 1993, and its convenor is Martin Kobald, former SACA president.

“The R8-million that was raised during the tour will used to provide our selected beneficiaries with monthly food donations, which will be provided through the Bidvest group of companies to ensure that we can fulfil our objective of feeding hungry children over a sustained period of time. We would like to thank everyone – from the chefs, to our sponsors to the hundreds of South Africans who dug deep into their pockets to help those in need. The generosity of spirit that we have seen over the last 10 days is truly humbling,” says Kobald.

Proceeds raised during the Tour will be donated to the Akani Diepsloot Foundation, African Children’s Feeding Scheme and Meals on Wheels Community Services, as well as various other nominated regional charities, including Hands At Work in Mbombela, Ubuntu Rescue a Child in East London, Just Us 4 Children in Durban and the Peninsula Feeding Scheme in Cape Town.

Says Graham Wood, MD of Southern Sun Hotels, “As one of Africa’s leading hotel groups, Southern Sun strives to remain a leader in sustainable tourism.  The initiative matches our objective of working to make a difference in the lives of South Africans in need and we believe that we have certainly made and will continue to make a difference in the children’s lives.”

Although the chefs have left our shores, the Tour’s fundraising initiatives will continue and companies can still make pledges to the fund through the website –