Benny is Head Chef at MondoVino Restaurant, Sun Square in Southern Sun's Montecasino.
This position is part of the incredible prize package for the first winner of MasterChef SA.
Benny grew up in Alexandra township in Johannesburg and was lured into the culinary world by his mother. She was a cleaner at a local Wimpy fast food restaurant, but started a catering business in her spare time to supply meals to workers at construction sites in the area.
Benny helped out wherever he could and it's this early start in his mom's kitchen that set him off on his impressive culinary journey.
In the late 1990's Benny was educated in Catering Management at the Natal Technikon. After graduation, he was snapped up by the Hilton Hotel Group, where he spent the next seven years working his way up the ranks in the kitchen. In 2006 he joined Southern Sun.