Chefs who Share moves to Johannesburg with a full week of events

The culinary event that cares is back!

01Acclaimed artists and 14 local and international top chefs collaborate for a good cause this year in Johannesburg.

In September this year, renowned international chefs will descent on Johannesburg to cook alongside South Africa’s finest talent in aid of charity in the annual ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ event.


This is the first time that this exciting concept, consisting of a series of events, takes to South Africa’s City of Gold, and, according to the co-founder of the event, Barbara Lenhard, “It promises to be a culinary and creative showcase that will take Johannesburg by storm”.

The series of events includes the participation of Swiss Chef Reto Mathis from Mathis Food Affairs, UK-based Indian Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, Mauritius- based Chef Vincent Rodier from LUX* Resorts and Hotels and Chef de Cuisine at London’s Berners Tavern, Phil Carmichael.
These kitchen heroes will be joined by the cream of the crop of South African chefs for a series of special evenings, starting 19 September and culminating in the black-tie Grand Gala on 24 September. At this highlight, the 14 top chefs will lend their time and creativity to, in seven teams, create culinary wonders for 252 guests only.

Local culinary stars who will participate this year include Margot Janse from the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Rudi Liebenberg from the Mount Nelson Hotel, Chris Erasmus from Foliage, Candice Philip from the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Dirk Gieselmann from the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff and Chef Christo Pretorius from The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, as well as Jason Millar and Ronald Ramsamy, both with Sun International.

The seven teams create unique individual menus, which will be expertly paired with the best South African wines as selected by the seven acclaimed local sommeliers.

On the evening of the Grand Gala, works donated by renowned local and international artists, as well as once-off, unique experiences, will be live auctioned. “This auction is traditionally an absolute highlight and the generosity of guests is what makes the difference.” quotes Barbara Lenhard.

01International art by William Sweetlove

A pop art piece by the Internationally acclaimed Belgian artist William Sweetlove will be part of the live auction at the Grand Gala on 24 September 2016 at the Johannesburg City Hall.

1The first Indian Michelin Star chef

Flown into South Africa by Swiss International Air Lines from London: Vineet Bathia.

The chef with restaurants around the globe made a spontaneous commitment when he heard about ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’.

01For the 4th consecutive year

South African art superstar Lionel Smit donates for the forth time in a row one of his artworks towards the good cause.

As do his father Anton Smit and Jean Doyle.

All funds raised on the evening will go towards youth development, 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 started with ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ at the inaugural event in 2013, where it has been started to use vegetables and fruit as event decorations instead of flowers.

“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.” says Florian Gast, co-founder and trustee.

Through the successful events of the previous three years held in Cape Town, a total of R6,1 Million was raised. Charities that will benefit from funds raised this year, include The Veggie Box Initiative, MAD Leadership Foundation and the Click Foundation.

Sponsors of ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ 2016 are Deutsche Bank, Swiss International Air Lines, Bulgari, Frey Chocolate, the Century City Conference Centre as well as hospitality partner Sun International who are the pillars of this concept. Product partners Moët & Chandon, Wine Essentials, Hausbrandt, San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna and KWV support as well the cause.

2016 Calendar of Events:

  • Monday, 19 September: Opening Function: Art Preview cocktail evening at The Maslow
  • 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 Jason Millar (Tickets for sale) and an international top chef
  • Thursday, 22 September: ‘Chefs who Share’ Ruinart Blanc dinner at the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa with 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 at the Johannesburg City Hall – Only 252 tickets available at R3 000 per person

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