- South Africa

- Billy Gallagher


- From 2008-07-01 To 2013-06-30

Dr. Billy Gallagher. CMC
Billy Gallagher is one of South Africa's iconic figures when it comes to the Food and Beverage industry, his experience spans over four decades at the highest level. Group food and beverage director for Africa's leading hotel chain Southern Sun, Gallagher was responsible for the food and beverage development of many of the company's outstanding properties. A certified Master Chef from Westminster College in London he also holds an honorary doctorate in Culinary Arts from the University of Johnson and Wales Miami USA.
Gallagher's involvement in the industry is well known for his work in the educational field have spent five years as chairman of the board at the University of Johannesburg's School of Tourism and Hospitality, he served as president of the South African chefs Association for 20 years and was elected President of the World Association of Chefs Societies (90 countries 1 million members) to serve a term of four years 1996 to the year 2000. A tireless proponent of advancing the knowledge of young people, he was also instrumental in the first apprenticeship scheme for young chefs and was a founder member of the original Hospitality Industry Training Board. His involvement with the food and beverage industry has enjoyed many facets not least of all bringing to South Africa a host of international culinary celebrities thus highlighting the role that food and beverage can play in tourism within Southern Africa. Gallagher is still actively involved with a number of projects not least of all as joint convener of the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger charity program which took place in South Africa in August 2011 with the clear objective to raise 10 million Rand to help alleviate and reduce the plight of hunger to the needy.
Its list of awards encompass the following honorary memberships:
Honorary Fellow City and Guilds of London Institute
Honorary Member of the German Chefs Association.
Honorary Hall of Fame Member of the American Academy of Chefs.
Lifetime Achievement Award World Association of Chefs Societies
Honorary Member of the Canadian Federation of Chefs.
Honorary Member of the British Chefs and Cooks Circle.
Honorary Member of the Circle of Chefs of Israel.
Disciple of Paul Bocuse (one of 50 worldwide)
Member of the Honourable Order of the Golden Toque USA

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