Chef Martin is the Honorary President of the South African Chefs Association (SACA) and the Global Chairman for the World Chefs Without Borders organisation, a humanitarian aid initiative by The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). The Austrian-born extraordinaire has tantalised South African taste buds with his unique Austrian flair since 1988.
From September 2005 until June 2009, Chef Martin was national group executive Chef for Fedics Food Services.
Chef Martin is an accredited SACA Culinary Judge, and a WACS Accredited International Judge. He has served as a judge in various competitions, including the Global Pizza Challenge; Championship Boerewors and Chopped SA, and has judged various international culinary competitions worldwide – In 2014 alone, Kobald judged competitions in Singapore, Egypt, Turkey and Australia. Chef Martin Kobald is one of the Chef judges on Clover’s Little Big Cook Off, Season 1 (2014) and 2 (2015).
Not only does he know his way around a whisk, but Chef Martin is dedicated to sharing his passion for the art and science of cooking through his cooking school, ChefMLK School of Cooking. He was also titled Global Master Chef from the Global Master Chef Society in April 2014.
Chef Martin is committed to making a difference to the lives of others. He is the convener of the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger organisation and raised, alongside over 260 other chefs from around the world, an incredible R8 million to feed over 5, 000 children for five years.