For ten days in August, 260 chefs from over 40 countries will descend on South Africa to raise funds and awareness for the plight of the hungry as part of the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger. Some may not speak English, most have never set foot on African soil, but all share a passion for alleviating the suffering of the underprivileged. The Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger takes place from 21 to 30 August 2011. The activities in which the 260 international chefs are involved take place in seven cities, ie Johannesburg, Pretoria, Vaal, Mombela, East London, Cape Town and Durban.
21 Aug, 13:30-16:00 – March to the police station (Alexandra)
22 Aug, 10:00-12:00 Press conference (Sandton)
22 Aug, 14:00-16:00 Visit to the Montecasino Bird Gardens with 400 children from the Akani Diepsloot Foundation (Fourways)
24-27 Aug, 12:30-19:30 Culinary theatres, with demonstrations of dishes from their home countries by visiting international chefs (Montecasino Piazza, Fourways)
24-27 Aug, 10:00-17:00 Culinary theatres, with demonstrations of dishes from their home countries by visiting international chefs (Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Sandton)
24-27 Aug, Various lunch and dinner Chefs Without Borders Food Festivals at participating Southern Sun hotels (Johannesburg, Vaal, Pretoria)
25-27 Aug, 10:00-17:00 Culinary theatres, with demonstrations of dishes from their home countries by visiting international chefs (Hemingways Mall, East London and CTICC, Cape Town)
25-27 Aug, 12:00-18:00 Culinary theatres, with demonstrations of dishes from their home countries by visiting international chefs (Riverside Shopping Centre, Mbombela)
25-27 Aug, 12:00-17:00 19:00-19:30 Culinary theatres, with demonstrations of dishes from their home countries by visiting international chefs (Suncoast Casino, Durban)
25-27 Aug, Various lunch and dinner Chefs Without Borders (Cape Town, Durban, Mombela, East London)
25 Aug, 18:30 Gala dinner (Durban)
27 Aug, 18:30 Gala dinner (Cape Town)
28 Aug, 13:00-16:30 Visit by chefs to African Children’s Feeding Scheme (Soweto)
30 Aug, 13:00-16:00 Visit by chefs to Akani Diepsloot Foundation (Diepsloot)
30 Aug, 18:30 Gala dinner (Johannesburg)
Proceeds raised during the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger will be donated in the form of monthly food donation to the Akani Diepsloot Foundation, the African Children’s Feeding Scheme and Meals on Wheels, all of which do extraordinary work in underprivileged communities.
In the context of the worldwide recession and credit crunch, many charities and good causes across the country aren’t able to continue their good work because there simply isn’t enough money to go around. The result is that, worldwide, sustainability in charities has been seriously compromised. This is the third time the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger is being held and the objective, through Bidvest and Southern Sun’s support and the fundraising initiatives that form part of the Tour, is to ensure that we can sustainably feed people for a duration of time. The dream is that we can raise enough money to supply our selected charities with food for the next five years, which will allow youngsters to grow, knowing that food is coming in. By donating food, rather than cash, we can ensure that we are in a position to make this kind of commitment.
This will be the biggest fundraising event ever undertaken within the global chefs’ fraternity. The World Chefs Tour Against Hunger is supported by Bidvest, who has donated R3.6 million to the cause, and Southern Sun, who is providing all the accommodation for the 260 visiting chefs. Funds raised by the Tour will be used to develop feeding schemes for the beneficiary charities and to buy the food needed to sustain those feeding plans for as long as possible.
The general public can get involved by seeing international chefs in action and learning about different cuisines from around the world as they demonstrate speciality dishes from their countries at participating shopping centers. Buy a chefs hat, a seat or a table at the gala fundraising dinners or a framed print of the official 2011 Tour by well-known artist Frans Groenewald. Contact Road Travel to find out more about this very important chefs tour.