James Khoza is an executive Chef at Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Sun and Sandton Convention Centre, where he has been for the past seven years and the first South African born and trained President of the SA Chefs Association since its inception more than 44 years ago.
He honed his culinary skills under Walter Ulz at Linger Longer restaurant as demi chef de cuisine. He also holds a Diploma in Food & Beverage Management from Technikon Witwatersrand in Braamfontein that he obtained in the 1990s.
He has travelled and worked in places such as France, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Berlin, where he worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant. He then returned to South Africa and joined Tsogo Sun, working in various Southern Sun kitchens.
We received large donations of vegetables and utensils from Chefs with Compassion which are helping us maintain our homeless soup kitchen that feeds over 200 people daily and vulnerable children in informal settlements in Berea.
After my restaurant business shut down at the start of lockdown, I saw people struggling. They couldn’t get food to eat. I chose to make a difference and I started a soup kitchen to feed people, with help from my staff and family – and Chefs with Compassion.
I used to have a catering business before Covid. Now I am involved with Chefs with Compassion in serving my community by cooking food and also sharing it with other organisations for their communities. I feed 1,500 people each week.
We would like to thank the CWC team as they continuously provide rescued produce that has helped us feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people since the start of the lockdowns.
Hope of the Hopeless Centre would not be open if it was not for CWC, which came and rescued us in the pandemic.
CWC gives Army of Yahweh the opportunity to help other soup kitchens for children and old age homes and vulnerable people in informal settlements in different areas.