Heavy Chef creates inspirational experiences for graduates, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Our name comes from the saying never trust a skinny chef*. We celebrate people who walk the talk, who practice what they preach - who eat their own food. We believe that, in a world of talkers, it's the doers that are going to change it. Together with our partners, we aim to inspire our community members to start things and empower them to succeed.

*Nope, nothing to do with cooking. Heavy Chef runs events, workshops and professional programmes for graduates, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in South Africa and beyond.

 

Our Partners:

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EVENTS

Our monthly events have been running since 2007 and have featured business visionaries, entrepreneurs, leaders, creatives, technologists, disrupters, thought leaders, politicians, treeshakers, and eccentrics - frankly, most of whom were crazy mofos. The one thing they all have in common? They're all doers. - Sign up for our next event, click here, or subscribe to get on the invitation list, click here.

PROGRAMMES

We create the most progressive professional experience programmes and internships on the African continent. Heavy Chef takes international graduates and entrepreneurs to visit local African businesses - and take local entrepreneurs to tech hotspots around the world. Successful delegates on the Heavy Chef programme will receive an internationally-recognised academic certificate. To find out more, click here.

STORIES

Heavy Chef captures the crazy-wild narrative of entrepreneurship in our blog, video channel, TV show, podcast and newsletter. Our social channels feature write-ups of our events, videos of speakers and pics of attendees. Our partners share their experiences, and we tap into our network to glean the heart-wrenching, life-changing journeys of African entrepreneurs.
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Africa's longest running and most popular tech-focused events.

 

Since 2007, when we held our first scrappy little meet-up in Mike and Nicola Perk's flat in Sea Point (we recall it was around 9 people, or so), we've been hosting some of Africa's most inspirational doers - monthly in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Attended by millennials and millionaires, igniters and influencers alike, Heavy Chef has grown into the most digital-savvy regular event on the continent. Find out more, here

 

 
That would be Simon Dingle talking waaay in front, in 2017 - something about Blockchain and how it's gonna revolutionise the world as we know it. 

That would be Simon Dingle talking waaay in front, in 2017 - something about Blockchain and how it's gonna revolutionise the world as we know it. 

Our events generally reach around 5m impressions on Twitter alone. This is also not a stock photo. Promise. 

Our events generally reach around 5m impressions on Twitter alone.
This is also not a stock photo. Promise. 

This is not a stock photo. This is a real interaction at the Gareth Cliff "Future of Radio / Unradio" Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg in May 2014.

This is not a stock photo. This is a real interaction at the Gareth Cliff "Future of Radio / Unradio" Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg in May 2014.

Andrew Watkins-Ball, one of Africa's most exciting entrepreneurs, at an event in 2017. And that's Fred, our founder in the background. He's trying to pick something out of his back molars with his tongue. 

Andrew Watkins-Ball, one of Africa's most exciting entrepreneurs, at an event in 2017. And that's Fred, our founder in the background. He's trying to pick something out of his back molars with his tongue. 

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Heavy Chef organises Professional Programmes and Entrepreneur Tours for professionals, graduates and business owners. 

 

Heavy Chef taps into its considerable network of social entrepreneur ventures, offering a Professional Experience Programme for professionals and business students in order to enhance their CVs, broaden their network and “roll up their sleeves”. At the same time, successful applicants will be contributing to a social-entrepreneurship venture in Africa. Apply for our next programme here.

The Heavy Chef community includes some of the most disruptive and innovative people on the planet. In partnership with Startup Grind and Startup Safari, Heavy Chef organises expeditions to the places on the map where the biggest concentration of these remarkable individuals are located. Heads up: Our next international mission is leaving soon. Apply to join the delegation.

To keep up to speed with the ongoing activities, sign up to our glorious newsletter, and get the invites, updates and upcoming awesomeness served piping hot in your inbox.

 
Smart people, looking smart. What more could you want? Apply for our next Professional Experience Programme here.  

Smart people, looking smart. What more could you want? Apply for our next Professional Experience Programme here.  

We visit Tesla's offices and try to convince Elon that he's actually South African. This, just after raiding Dave Matthews' house with bales of hay and pitchforks. 

We visit Tesla's offices and try to convince Elon that he's actually South African. This, just after raiding Dave Matthews' house with bales of hay and pitchforks. 

We visit Steve Jobs' visionary Apple Spaceship campus. Well, actually, it was a circular scribble on a napkin that turned into an architectural nightmare - but because it was Steve Jobs we deem it visionary. 

We visit Steve Jobs' visionary Apple Spaceship campus. Well, actually, it was a circular scribble on a napkin that turned into an architectural nightmare - but because it was Steve Jobs we deem it visionary. 

Magazines, videos and audiocasts
about real people doing real things. 

 

There's a lot of people who can talk a great game. You know the type? The projectors. These are the dudes and dudettes who get all up in your face on social media. They have opinions. They have world-views. They respond to stuff that's going on in the news. A lot. 

Well, our media channels are not about those people. 

Not to say that opinions and that other stuff are all bad. We like strong opinions. However, we prefer action. Our shows are about those peeps who eat their own food. Those rare folks who are actually rolling up their sleeves and getting shit done. They walk the talk, practice what they preach and have a litany of stories to show for it. Those are the peeps that we invite on our videos and podcasts. We love those good people. We think you will too.

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The Heavy Chef Show

launching soon (in collaboration with Primedia Broadcasting)
Ne'er a better looking bunch of TV people you will see in Africa. 

Ne'er a better looking bunch of TV people you will see in Africa. 

Primedia Broadcasting's offices in De Waterkant. Our producer spends most of his time scanning for stray exhibitionists in the background. 

Primedia Broadcasting's offices in De Waterkant. Our producer spends most of his time scanning for stray exhibitionists in the background. 

The Johannesburg Studio, at Primedia Place in Sandton. People are smarter and richer in Sandton. 

The Johannesburg Studio, at Primedia Place in Sandton. People are smarter and richer in Sandton.