Another landmark achievement for Africans: SA Chefs Association elects its first black president

Another landmark achievement for Africans: SA Chefs Association elects its first black president

- The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) elected its first ever black president, James Khoza

- Khoza’s predecessor headed the association for almost a decade

- But, he is confident in his successor’s abilities to successfully run the association

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Khoza was elected as SA Chefs head at the yearly meeting in Johannesburg, where nearly 10 000 members gather to anonymously vote for the next president, making him the first black person to fill the position.

Now, he takes over from the man who had been the president of the association for more than nine years, Stephen Billingham.

Good Things Guy reported SA Chefs is a non-profit body, which is over 40-years-old. The role of the NGO is to be the voice of chefs, cooks and caterers at all levels. It also focusses on skill development.

Khoza would lead the association’s governing body in his new role, and he would also be the leader of its Board of Directors.

“I am truly honoured to assume the role of SA Chefs’ President and look forward to furthering its great work in improving standards in the industry through training and mentorship,” Khoza said, adding in his 22 years as a SA Chefs member he had been inspired by “how the organisation works with industry stakeholders to set and maintain the highest level of culinary excellence, growth and development of young chefs and professionalism.”

His first job was working with the late Walter Ulz at Linger Longer restaurant as the demi chef de parte, learned.

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He then broadened his horizons by working overseas at the Michelin-starred Hugo’s in Berlin, among others.

Now, he works alongside Sandton Sun’s Executive Chef, Garth Shnier. Before he was elected as the head of SA Chefs, Khoza held the position of Vice President.

His predecessor is happy with the choice, praising Khoza for the work he had done for the body over the past several years.

Billingham described him as a man with true passion for improving the industry, as well as developing new talent.

“I have every confidence that he is going to continue the great work done by the Association and all its members, and that its achievements are going to soar to new heights during his tenure.”, the outgoing president added.

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