Profiles of Chefs for development

Meet the local Chefs for Development.

Muzzy Fernandez

Chef Muzzy Fernandez was born and raised in Hawai’i, in the mountains of Kahalu’u, Oahu before moving to the seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts.

Inés Páez Nin

Inés Páez Nin, Chef Tita, is a renowned Dominican chef who has been named the "Ambassador of the New Dominican Cuisine"

Noni Masombuka

A love of fresh produce has inspired Chef Noni Masombuka to become one of South Africa’s innovative and experimental culinary creators.

Monica Galetti

Samoan-born and New Zealand-raised author and Masterchef celebrity, Chef Monica Galetti, talks about what makes Pacific cuisine unique and special.

Wilroy Webbe

For Nevis-born and raised Chef Wilroy Webbe, serving good quality, local cuisine is paramount. Coming from a family of culinary lovers and being around the craft all his life, becoming a Chef was a no-brainer for Chef Wilroy.

Pierre Thiam

From being a restaurant busboy to becoming a world-renowned chef in New York, Dakar native Chef Pierre Thiam is now determined to transform Africa’s poorest regions through the supergrain Fonio.

Kirk Ruck

Raised in the Parish of Christ Church in southern Barbados, food has been an integral part of Chef Kirk’s life since his childhood.

Nompumelelo Mqwebu

Hailing from the streets of Umlazi in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal, Chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu never imagined her passion for cooking and food would be her passport to travel internationally.

Prabhat Kumar Prawin

From the small village of Bihar, India to Melbourne, Melbourne to Darwin, and Darwin to Fiji, the culinary journey for Chef Prabhat Prawin, Executive chef for Sheraton and Westin Denarau complex Fiji has been a big learning experience.

Rainal Sahai

Rainal Sahai is the Executive Chef for four properties in Fiji - three in the Yasawa Islands.

Sean Kuylen

Born and raised in beautiful Dangriga, Belize, Chef Sean Kuylen’s passion for the kitchen was nurtured by one of his greatest influences, his mother. 

Shailesh Naidu

Shailesh started as a sous chef at the resort in 2001, becoming the Executive Chef in 2007.

Dora Rossi

Chef and owner of Paddles Restaurant and Milani Café Family-owned businesses, specialising in Samoan-Italian cuisine (reflecting the cultural background of the family)

Kirk Kirton

With more than 18 years of progressive culinary experience, Kirk Kirton, a local Barbadian, arrives at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion...

Peter Edey

Arguably Barbados’ most celebrated Chef, the name Peter Edey is now synonymous with Caribbean cuisine...

Tapiwa Mamutse

Chef Tapiwa grew up in the Zimbabwean capital city of Harare and trained for his profession at Warwick Chef School in South Africa.

Elijah Amoo Addo

Elijah Amoo Addo is a chef, food stylist, social entrepreneur, TV host and recipient of the 2017 Queens Young Leader Award presented by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Rangi Mitaera-Johnson

Chef Rangi is a household name in the Cook Islands and teaches communities in the outer islands how to cook sustainably and focus on foods they are surrounded by to minimise their dependency on imported foods.

Eddy Fernández Monte

President of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba, award-winning Chef Eddy Fernández Monte's mission is to safeguard Cuba's gastronomic legacy.

Charles Toto

Fate had a part to play when Charles Toto’s life path changed from becoming a lawyer to entering the food world.

John A Hazzard

Chef John A Hazzard is the Executive Chef in his own company, John Hazzard Events in Barbados.

Robby Skeete

Chef Robby was born and raised in Castries (CDC) next to the famous Castries Market which is where his love for food and fresh produce and fruit emanated.

Dane Saddler

Dane Saddler is a national award winning chef with over 15 years’ experience in fine dining cuisine under his belt throughout the Caribbean.

Robert Oliver

Robert Oliver is a New Zealand chef who was raised in Fiji and Samoa.

Jesse Lee

Chef and owner of Palusami Restaurant and Bar on the waterfront in Apia, Samoa.

Emile Engoulou

Emile Engoulou is a famous chef in Cameroon, the owner and head Chef of the restaurant Le Club Municipal in Yaoundé...

Christian Abégan

Born in Cameroon, Christian Abégan has become the benchmark for African cuisine...

Sam Timoko

President of the Cook Islands Chefs Association, Chef Timoko  is devoted to promoting traditional Polynesian cuisine not only at local level, but also internationally...

Rangi Mitaera-Johnson

Chef Rangi Mitaera-Johnson runs a small resort in Cook Islands with her husband

Stephan Berrouet Durand

Stephan B. Durand is an award winning and highly acclaimed Chef who has made a name for himself as a Culinary Ambassador...

Colin Chung

Colin Chung is a chef, caterer and international hospitality consultant. With a BBA In Travel Industry Management from the UH at Manoa...