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Star studded ‘Chefs who Share’ gala evening raises R1 195 000 for youth development

The crème de la crème of the South African social scene was treated to an evening of glamour, culinary artistry and fine art in Cape Town’s majestic City Hall for the first ever ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’, a black-tie charity gala in aid of youth development.

‘Chefs who Share’ raised a total of R1 195 000 from ticket sales and an art auction which saw ten art pieces, donated by top South African artists, auctioned off by Cape Town businessman Iain Banner on the night. All proceeds raised by this prestigious event have been given to MAD CHARITY (Make a Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Well-known television personalities Bonang Matheba and Dr. Michael Mol were the MCs for the night and entertainment was provided by Elvis Blue and Nash Reed – it was all about sharing.
The evening attracted a great audience including popular socialites, accomplished business people and sporting heroes such as Morné du Plessis and Francois Pienaar.  The real stars of the night, however, were the 14 chefs from the country’s top restaurants who treated guests to an evening of absolute indulgence and who entertained their guests together with seven highly acclaimed sommeliers. One of the highlights of the evening was the reveal, for the first time in South Africa, of the new ultra cutting edge S-Class of the presenting partner Mercedes-Benz.

Also seen on the red carpet were Jen Su, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Iain Banner, Edith Venter, Africa Melane, Jobie Bakama, Jean Doyle, Russel Travers, Dylan Lewis, Errol Arendz, Stefan Antoni, Wilfried Sauerland and many more.

The idea of ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ is to establish an annual highlight and evening gala on the events and charity calendar in South Africa.

The beneficiaries of ‘Chefs who share’ 2013 in Cape Town were MAD CHARITY (Make a Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

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Veggie Boxes – the ongoing initiative of ‘Chefs who Share’

‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’ also supports local communities. This new campaign – developed in the context of the gala – encourages to make an oath to end short-term hunger among learners in the townships by buying trademark vegetable boxes.
The Veggie Boxes of the 2013 event and the entire table decoration – consisting of vegetables and fruits – have been generously donated by Woolworths.

Charities like the Amy Biehl Foundation have a mandate to develop and empower youth living in challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape, and will help to select suitable projects for this initiative.

Volunteer chefs visit the initiatives under the ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ umbrella, transforming the ingredients of each vegetable box into mouthwatering meals.

‘With the support of all our patrons, we are not only meeting the physical needs of these hungry children, but we are also feeding their hungry minds’ say Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast, the founders of the project. ‘The initiative will entrench healthy mindsets around nutritious food and healthy eating. Furthermore, this project will form the building blocks to unlocking children’s creative talent and creating emotionally well-rounded individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa’s future’, they add.

Boxes can be bought throughout the year on this website and each vegetable box costs only R 1 000, with all proceeds going to a charity supporting children in need.
And the more boxes are purchased, the more healthy meals will be provided to South Africa’s poorest children.

REVIEW: ‘Chefs who Share’, 5th of September 2013, Cape Town / South Africa

14 highly acclaimed South African chefs cooking in duos; each of them supported by a top sommelier.

Two MCs and two artists carried on the theme of the evening: sharing!

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Ten original contemporary art works by some of South Africa’s best talents.

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Two nation wide charities for youth development shared the monies raised and the local community has been supported through the Veggie Box project.

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‘Chefs who Share’ would not be possible without the generous support of numerous companies and countless individuals.

The glamorous evening in pictures and some videos to enjoy. The media coverage has been outstanding and extensive – before and after the event.