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What is SA Chefs?

The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) was founded in 1974 by a group of six chefs who had the vision of an association that would represent the interests of chefs across the country as well as promote the art and science of cookery in South Africa.

SA Chefs aims to have a significant impact on the careers of the chefs with whom they share the knowledge that their members have acquired through international food promotions, competitions, workshops, educational conferences and various other learning experiences. To date they have over 9600 members that include catering and hotel company directors, restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, culinary educators, apprentices and trainees; who can be found in every type of catering field.

What does the SA Chefs do?

We Represent.

We Educate.

We Connect.

SA Chefs is supporting Unilever Food Solutions by endorsing the certification for the free chef training courses online on UFS Academy.

Is SA Chefs recognized by the industry?

For over 46 years The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) has represented the most talented chefs, cooks and caterers in the country.

SA Chefs is a non-profit industry body, founded more than 46 years ago, that represents the interests of chefs, cooks and caterers at all levels, with a focus on skills development, the celebration of culinary professionals and transforming the industry.

How can I get trained online and receive chef certificates by SA Chefs?

Certification is only available in our UFS Academy app, where you can get FREE Unlimited Access to the latest online courses – all filmed and created with renowned expert Chefs from around the world!

To get certified you will need to:

  1. Download the UFS Academy app
  2. Register for free
  3. Watch the course of your choice and complete the course quiz
  4. If you pass the quiz, you will automatically receive by email your course completion certificate endorsed by the ICCA.



Does an UFS Academy App SACA-endorsed certificate replace traditional training?

A certificate attests that you have completed a course. It does not replace a diploma or culinary program.