Duncan Welgemoed

What is CEO CookOffTM all about?


In this time of crisis and into the future, OzHarvest will be doing all that they can to reach those who are affected by fires, drought, and floods, in addition to continuing to support the 1,500 charities that rely on them every day.

The OzHarvest CEO Cookoff™ fundraising will focus on the food crisis relief in four categories:

•        Keeping the wheels turning on our fleet of 57 food rescue vans that deliver food to over 1,500 charities around Australia

•        Resourcing a bespoke Mobile Market that will take free food directly to communities impacted by the ongoing fires and drought

•        Providing additional resources and support to our local OzHarvest operations in both metro and regional locations to meet the increase in food need

•        Delivering delicious and nutritious joyful community food events to areas that have been affected by droughts and fires, calling upon the support of Australia’s hospitality community
The 2020 CEO CookOff will be a festival of hope and joy, embodying the community spirit of Australia.

I'd love your support in helping me reach my fundraising goal! Every $1 donated to OzHarvest means they can deliver 2 meals to those in need.

My Bio

A chef father, Portugese and Italian godparents, a music addiction and the cultural melting-pot that is South African society are the foundation of Welgemoed’s cooking ethos. 

He sharpened his craft as a chef in the UK under executive chef Michael North at The Goose at Britwell Salome, who achieved a Michelin star during Welgemoed’s time there. Next stop was Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – a competitive kitchen committed to excellence and doused in Michelin stars. 

Relocating to Adelaide, Welgemoed was one of the founders of the acclaimed Bistro Dom, assuming the role of executive chef. Bistro Dom was subsequently named?The Australian’s?Hottest Restaurant in South Australia, a listing in?Gourmet Traveller’s?Top 100 and Welgemoed crowned?The Advertiser’s?Chef of the Year (2013).? 

In 2014 Welgemoed branched out on his own and opened Africola in November that year – it was a quirky, garish eatery and an ode to his South African heritage that harnessed his hallmark bold and unapologetic cooking style. Today Africola is laced with North African influences, showing that Welgemoed is adventurous, curious and always evolving. 

Accolades continue to flood in and Africola has become a staple for national and international visitors, high profile music and film guests, industry legends and Adelaide foodies. 

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

$10,000 raised – Bring on the Black Apron!

Target Increased