Chef Martin Kobald is part of a network of highly recognisable and qualified South African and international chefs, food scientists, demonstrators, marketing professionals and food spokespersons.
Austrian-born chef extraordinaire, Martin Kobald began his culinary career in his home country. After completing his training he developed his food and beverage career as he worked his way up from trainee chef to head of operations of various Austrian hotels and restaurants.
In 1988 Martin Kobald immigrated to South Africa where he soon became the Food and Beverage Project Manager for Southern Sun Garden Court and Sandton Holiday Inn Garden Court.
In 1995 his entrepreneurial dream was realised when he established an Austrian delicatessen, Kobald’s Catering. Based on the success of this initiative, he then bought the picturesque 33 High Street Restaurant & Bar, where for the next five years Kobald delighted Gauteng restaurant-goers with his traditional Austrian and international fare.
Kobald went on to start Nucleus Conference and Function Venues before joining Fedics as an independent consultant in 2004.
Martin Kobald spent the next two years promoting South African cuisine across the globe, reaching countries as widespread as Thailand, United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Australia, Russia, Germany, and Canada. In 2002, he was elected Vice-President the of South African Chefs Association, and in October 2003 he took over the reins as President of the 30-year-old association, a position he held for six years.
Kobald currently holds the title of Honorary president of SACA. He also serves as the Global Chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).
He has participated in a number of local and international competitions. Most recently, he held the position of Team Manager for the team which won double gold in the International Hotel & Gastro Competition in Austria in 2005, winning second place overall.