Meet our chefs
Meet the professional chefs who help make Unilever Food Solutions a source of inspiration for food businesses. Drawing from their extensive experience in professional food services, our award-winning team helps us create solutions for chefs that balance great taste, convenience and nutrition with a consistently high standard.
Apart from sharing creative ways to apply our products in a range of dish types, our chefs conduct in-kitchen skills, waste management, cost saving and storage trainings for our customers to ensure business efficiency.
Jean van der Westhuizen
Executive Chef - Middle East, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Chef Jean has over 19 years of experience in Culinary Arts, applying a goal-focused & strategic approach to his craft.
South African born, Jean completed his training in Cape Town where his passion for the Culinary Arts awarded him “Top Chef” at the Confrere De La Chaine Des Rotisseurs.
Chef Jean regularly appears on Arabian T.V. networks, expressing his love for a variety of cuisines ranging from Japanese, African & Arabian styles of cooking.
He believes his role as a chef is that of a mentor to others. “I firmly believe in sharing as much knowledge as possible to younger chefs in order to ensure they establish respect for ingredients early on.”
Chef Hesham has 27 years of experience. He has built his career in different 5 and 4 stars’ hotels while working with different chefs from around the world. Chef Hesham has taken part in the opening of the top leading Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh.
Born in Egypt, Chef Hesham completed his kitchen apprentice training at the Cairo Sonesta Hotel where his passion for Culinary Arts started to grow. His love and passion grew even more as he traveled to different countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Lebanon, Italy and South Africa to learn about Food.
Chef Hesham pursues his love for food by appearing on local food programs and writing for some newspapers. He loves to learn from others and pass on his learnings to the younger generations and colleagues.
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Chef Sherif Afifi
Executive Chef Egypt
Passionate about cooking since childhood, Chef Sherif followed the steps of his grandfather who was a Chef in the Egyptian Royal palaces back in the 1950s.
Coming from both a Culinary and Business Administration background, Chef Sherif built his love and skills for food over the years to become the Korean Food Ambassador in Egypt. He has also made several guests appearances on culinary TV shows over the past two years. His cooking motto: “The passionate chef is an artist, not just a cook.”
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