The seven chefs teams and their sommeliers for Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving 2016 have been announced, for the Gala Dinner which will take place in the Johannesburg City Hall on Saturday 24 September.
For the first time Chefs who Share will be held in Johannesburg, after three years in Cape Town, and a mix of Johannesburg, Cape, as well as international chefs will be divided into seven teams, each team of two chefs serving 36 Gala Dinner guests. Each chefs’ team will create a unique menu for its set of guests, and the sommelier of each team will offer the best wine pairings with each of the dishes designed by the chef teams.
The chef and sommelier team pairings are as follows:
Margot Janse (Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek)
Vineet Bhatia (Rasoi, London)
Patson Mathonsi (Reciprocal, Johannesburg)
Chris Erasmus (Foliage, Franschhoek)
Michael Cooke (Camphors at Vergelegen, Somerset West)
Carl Habel (Head Sommelier at Crystal Cruises Esprit)
Christo Pretorius (Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town)
Vincent Rodier (LUX’ Belle Mare, Mauritius)
Gregory Mutambe (Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town)
Dirk Gieselmann (Four Seasons The Westcliff, Johannesburg)
Veronica Canha-Hibbert (Ellerman House, Cape Town)
Manuel Cabello (Ellerman House, Cape Town)
Candice Phillips (Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg)
Rudi Liebenberg (Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town)
Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg)
Ronald Ramsamy (Sun International, Johannesburg)
Piet Huysentruyt (Likoké, Les Vans/Belgium)
Pearl Oliver (Taj, Cape Town)
Jason Millar (The Maslow, Johannesburg)
Phil Carmichael (Berners Tavern, London)
Bryan o’Connor (Sun International, Johannesburg)
‘Chefs who Share – the Art of Giving’ in Johannesburg is described by its co-founder Barbara Lenhard as follows: ‘It promises to be a culinary and creative showcase that will take Johannesburg by storm’. Three international chefs have been invited to participate in Chefs who Share, being Swiss Chef Reto Mathis from Mathis Food Affairs, UK-based Indian Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, and Mauritius-based Chef Vincent Rodier from LUX* Resorts and Hotels. Chefs Reto Mathis participated in Chefs who Share in Cape Town last year.
A number of culinary events have been planned for the six days leading up to the Gala Dinner on 24 September, for 252 guests in total. On the evening of the Grand Gala works donated by renowned local and international artists, as well as once-off, unique experiences, will be auctioned. ‘This auction is traditionally an absolute highlight and the generosity of guests is what makes the difference’ says Lenhard. All funds raised on the evening will go towards youth development, and amongst others, The Veggie Box Initiative. This ongoing project provides nutritious meals for children, nutritional education, and aids in developing sustainable vegetable gardens in underprivileged communities. This project began at the inaugural ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ event in 2013, at which vegetables and fruit, instead of flowers, were used as event decorations.
‘This event is not just about raising money or enjoying delicious food and buying beautiful art. It is about making a difference. I’m very honoured that the money raised through the week’s various events goes towards changing children’s lives for the better and contributes to making South Africa the special place that it deserves to be‘, said Florian Gast, Chefs who Share Co-founder and Trustee.
Through the successful Chefs who Share events of the past three years a total of R6,1 million has been raised to date. Charities that will benefit from funds raised this year, include The Veggie Box Initiative, MAD (Make a Difference) Leadership Foundation, and the Click Foundation.
For the first time Chefs who Share will become an almost week-long event!
2016 Chefs who Share Calendar of Events:
- Monday 19 September: Opening Function: Art Preview cocktail evening at The Maslow (by invitation)
- Tuesday 20 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Dom Pérignon dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff with Dirk Gieselmann and UK-based Indian Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia (Tickets for sale)
- Wednesday 21 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Moët & Chandon dinner at the Maslow with Chef Jason Millar and an international top chef (Tickets for sale)
- Thursday 22 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Ruinart Blanc dinner at the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa with Chef Candice Philip and Swiss Chef Reto Mathis from Mathis Food Affairs (Tickets for sale)
- Friday 23 September: Chefs and volunteers cook with the Veggie Box Initiative for a community project
- Saturday 24 September: Grand Gala cooked for by 14 local and international chefs, at the Johannesburg City Hall, with only 252 tickets available at R3000 per person
At the Gala dinner seven Finalist Young Chefs will be introduced to Gala Dinner guests, and one of them will be announced the winner, based on the creativity of his or her canapé design, produced for the Gala Dinner. A total of 77 restaurants throughout the country has been invited to participate in the 2016 competition to find our country’s most promising young chef. Personality as well as team work will help determine the Young Chef winner, selected by Chef Reto as well as Lentswe Benghu, with the support of the local chefs cooking for the Gala Dinner.
Chefs who Share has announced the first names of the artists whose work will be auctioned at the Gala Dinner on 24 September: Jean Doyle, Marieke Prinsloo, Jimmy Law, Michaela Rinaldi, Richard Ascot, Anton Smit, Lionel Smit, Russell Travers, William Sweetlove, Klaus Tiedge, Natasha Barnes, Kristin Kossi, Marie Stander, and Eugenia Chapman Campbell.
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