Thomas Overbeck, General Manager of the South African Chefs Association
Well respected in the hospitality industry, with extensive managerial experience in a variety of senior positions, Thomas Overbeck become General Manager of the South African Chefs Association in February 2015.
With a background in hotel management, Overbeck has had impressive training in Johannesburg, New York and Zurich. He has held the position of General Manager at well-known hotels in the country, such as the Umhlanga Sands Hotel, Don Suite Hotels and the Indaba Hotel to name just a few.
Very much a part of the SA Chefs family, before becoming General Manager, Overbeck was the Project Manager of the SA Chefs’ National Youth Chefs Training Programme, an initiative in partnership with the National Department of Tourism and the Expanded Public Works Programme that started in 2011 and trains over 800 young, unemployed people to become chefs annually.
Prior to that, Overbeck was the Central Operations Manager of the Association’s charity initiative World Chefs Tour Against Hunger 2011 that saw over 300 chefs from across the globe visit South Africa to assist in fundraising initiatives. Over R8 million was raised for WCTAH, allowing SA Chefs to provide one meal a day for over 8000 hungry children across South Africa.
As General Manager, Overbeck oversees the day-to-day operations of the SA Chefs office, ensuring that the departments such as events, membership, World Chefs Tour Against Hunger, communications, finance and the Centre for Culinary Excellence are working together smoothly for the common goal of benefiting the Association’s members and patrons, in line with the strategy set out by the Board of Directors.
With SA Chefs as a SAQA-recognised Professional Body, Overbeck will be leading the Association to reach its potential in this regard and continues to promote culinary education and skills development at the utmost level.