In a world of talkers, it's the doers that are going to change it. 

First up: Heavy Chef has nothing to do with cooking. Heavy Chef is a learning platform for entrepreneurs. Yup. Believe it. We made it hard for ourselves by picking a name that brings to mind a sweaty bearded fella (or lady) slaving away in the kitchen. That said, we reckon Heavy Chef is actually an inspiring name, with an inspiring origin story (click here for more on that). Rather than picking something like ‘The Entrepreneur Acadamy’ or ‘College For Entrepreneurs’ we decided on something that stands out from the pack.

skinny Chefs And Heavy Chefs

Heavy Chef is an education company that offers learning like no one else. Through our inspirational events and empowering workshops, we’re turning learning into a lifestyle.

At university short courses, online MOOCs, TED and Singularity and just about every other education offering, people take notes.At Heavy Chef, people take action.

Um, the name?

Our name comes from the term 'never trust a skinny chef'.

Heavy Chef is a platform for people that do: people who walk the talk, practice what they preach - who eat their own food.

Entrepreneurs are the Heavy Chefs amongst us. We learned some valuable lessons from this simple phrase and so we decided to register it as a company. The name stands for integrity, honesty, grit, sticktoitness and roll-up-your-sleeve-ity.

It stands for action, for doing

Inspire. Empower.

So why is action so important?

Heavy Chef exists to inspire people to start things, and then empower them to succeed. We believe the best way to do this is to offer the best learning experiences in the world. Our events and Masterclasses are led by the best presenters and facilitators in the world. What makes them so special? All our presenters and facilitators have done the hard yards, dug the trenches and done their 10,000 hours. All our presenters and facilitators are Heavy Chefs.

Heavy Chef was born in Africa

In Africa, where Heavy Chef comes from, is an awesome and scary place. We have goosebump-raising stories of success. We also have heart-breaking stories of corruption, greed, poverty, violence and inequality. We believe that we can affect change by stimulating the entrepreneur sector.

So, what are you going to do about it?

Let's be honest here. The chances of you becoming your country's president, or prime minister, or grand-dictator-of-Zimbabwe-for-life, are pretty slim. 

But, again, Heavy Chef is all about doing.

We reckon that's better than talking.

And it's certainly better than moaning about the 'state of things' on social media. 

In a world of talkers, it’s the doers that are going to change it.

Why does Heavy Chef exist? 

Again, it is our belief that the fastest way to make a change in Africa, in emerging economies like South Africa, is to stimulate the entrepreneur sector.

It’s nearly impossible for us to influence the major environmental factors that influence our lives. It can be frustrating to watch as our leaders reshuffle cabinets, fire ministers, devalue currencies, threaten to build walls and marginalise minorities. However, we also know that we can influence the sphere immediately around us. We can make a difference to the lives that we touch directly, whether inside a business or via an entirely new initiative. Heavy Chef is inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs. This will bring innovation, job creation and alleviate poverty in the areas that we are successful.

How do we do it?

Every month, we curate highly specialised Learning Experiences in the form of workshops, masterclasses and events, focusing on the most salient topics within entrepreneurship. We want you to walk away from one of our sessions with that 'Staying Alive' cocky-mofo walk - like you got sugar in your step and steam in your strides.

Our Methodology: LEARN. DO. SHARE. 

At Heavy Chef we believe you truly can do the change you wish to see in the world.

You just need to take the first step.

We create experiences, where you learn.

In those sessions, we challenge you to do. Then, we ask you to share your learnings with us - and others. 

Together, we’re going to change the world.


Okay, enough already! I’m hooked! Where do I sign up?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Just click on the button below.