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Executive Chef Martin Kobald, a culinary extraordinaire in South Africa since 1988, is Vice President of the Worldchefs - World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS); Honorary Past President of the South African Chefs Association (SACA); and a globally accredited culinary A Category judge for both SACA and WACS. Chef Martin also currently serves as the WACS Executive representative on the following working committees: Honorary Membership Committee, WACS Historical Committee & Global Development of Young Chefs Committee. 


From September 2005 until June 2009, Chef Martin was national group executive Chef for Fedics Food Services.


Chef Martin has served as a judge in various competitions, including the Global Pizza Challenge; Checkers Championship Boerewors and Chopped SA, and has judged various international culinary competitions worldwide – In 2016 alone, Kobald judged competitions in Singapore, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cambodia and Australasia. Chef Martin Kobald was one of the Chef judges on Clover’s Little Big Cook Off, Season 1 (2014) and 2 (2015) which was run on SABC3 and subsequently on African based tv programming.


Not only does he know his way around a whisk, but Chef Martin is dedicated to sharing his passion for the art and science of cooking through his cooking school, ChefMLK School of Cooking. He was also titled Global Master Chef from the Global Master Chef Society in April 2014.


Chef Martin is committed to making a difference to the lives of others. He is the convener of the Bidvest WorldChefs Tour Against Hunger organisation and raised, ChefMLK 000 - Chef Martin Biography alongside over 260 other chefs from around the world, an incredible R8 million to feed over 5, 000 children for five years.


As part of his portfolio of VP of WACS, Chef Kobald is focusing developing young chefs in around the world with projects like ‘Sustainability Education’ advancing the culinary arts.

Martin Kobald


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