Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chefs Association appoints new President

Media release, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 28th September 2014: In its tenth year the Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association endorsed the new Executive which saw some key positions change.  The new President Chef Isaac Boyle and Vice President Chef Natt Johns join the existing Executive as they prepare for the annual Salon Culinaire. Outgoing President Chef Sarah Kymbrekos and Treasurer Rob Smillie who have worked tirelessly to grow the annual Salon Culinare and increase the recognition of the NiVanuatu Chefs have had their work recognized with a Life Membership of the Association. “As a life member of the Association I am personally looking forward to some new and exciting times ahead - I have seen a huge improvement in the skills of the Ni Vanuatu chefs and the industry standards as a whole over the last 4 years and I know that this will continue under the leadership of Isaac and Natt.” Said Chef Sarah Kymbrekos. New President Chef Isaac Boyle, currently the General Manager at Breakas Beach Resort is excited to be involved with the Association and is looking forward to developing the industry in the future. “We have great opportunities to showcase Vanuatu on the international stage. I have always had a passion for amazing foods from bakery goods through to sauces and the constant evolving foodie culture shows.” 

Isaac is a qualified and certified Chef from the Christchurch Polytechnic, trained through the Heritage Hotel group in New Zealand. Isaac is well traveled having lived and worked in places such as Rarotonga, United States, Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji and Australia. Although a New Zealander, Isaac and his partner Anna and young son now call Vanuatu home. “I want to build the public knowledge of the Vanuatu National Team as they represent all of the chefs throughout the republic of Vanuatu.” “The National Team of NiVanuatu chefs recently represented Vanuatu winning bronze and silver medals in the largest competition in the Southern Hemisphere and we should be extremely proud” he added.

Natt Johns has recently been appointed at Executive Sous Chef at Holiday Inn and is encouraged by the enthusiasm of his team at the Holiday Inn to enter the Salon Culinaire again this year. “The Holiday Inn Resort chefs did a fantastic job last year and we expect to again showcase our local chefs in the competition” he said.

Chefs are encouraged to get their entry forms into the Chefs Association for the annual Salon Culinaire. Entries close on 30th of September. Forms and fees can be dropped off at Chantillys on the Bay Hotel.

If anyone would like further information about the Salon Culinare competition please e-mail

Isaac Boyle, President Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association.

Contact info
Mereana Mills
Media and Communications
VCFHAssociation Salon Culinaire Organizing committee
Phone: 5699945