Steven Maresch

A serial restaurateur by nature, Steven has been in the industry since 1987. Having completed hospitality management his passion for the industry guided him on a path in food and beverage.

Steven has opened more than 27 restaurants and 5 game lodges with the ultimate venture being the multiple award winning The Local Grill. His formative years were with the Linger Longer group and there-after consulting under Maresch Consultants.
Steven founded The Local Grill in September 2002 and has since been instrumental in positioning the restaurants as a Beef Authority with branches in South Africa and Kenya.

Under the joint directorship of Steven and partners, The Local Grill is regarded as one of South Africa’s best steakhouses with an extensive network and world recognition as an industry leader.

COVID brought about huge changes in the restaurant industry resulting in the feeding scheme at The Local Grill and subsequent involvement with Chefs With Compassion.

Notes from the Kitchen

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.

Themba Mbatha-Chalumbira,
One Moment Foundation

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.

Thandi Dyantjie,

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.

Busi Twala ,

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.

Dr Nishaan Kishore,
Infinity Foundation

Hope of the Hopeless Centre would not be open if it was not for CWC, which came and rescued us in the pandemic.

Margo Williams,
Hope of the Hopeless, Ennerdale

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.

Pastor Adrian Breda,
Army of Yahweh