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Bruce McKay

Hospitality Industry Professional

Currently resides in: Free State, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg,South Africa South Africa

Bruce McKay is an award-winning Hotelier and National Executive Head Chef with 26 years of experience at top hotel properties, highly skilled to provide meticulous attention to customer satisfaction for maximum value. His college is a proficient designer and trainer of courses for hospitality industry management.

He is a well-known food columnist and writes food columns and articles for various newspapers and magazines. He is well respected within the community of Bloemfontein, the Free State and South Africa. He holds several esteemed positions and memberships within the hospitality industry and is well respected within the hospitality fraternity throughout Southern Africa. He is a well-groomed individual with a vast amount of experience within all aspects of the hospitality industry as the above clearly indicates. He has a strong training back round and this is evident in the Hotel School that he owns where his students achieve great heights and are well accepted into the industry.

Business Address

22 Esplanade St, East London, South Africa, 5201

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Managing Director | BM Consultants - Hotels, Restaurants & Kitchens
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2010 - present

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Managing Director | Campbell Hospitality
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2004 - present

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Managing Trustee | Academy of Hotel Management
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1997 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Principal and Kitchen Lecturer

Previous Position(s)

Managing Member | Taste Sensations
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2010 - 2013

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Managing Director | Halevy Heritage Hotel
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2004 - 2013

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Operations General Manager | Letsatsi Game Lodge | Ladikela Game Lodge (Pty) Ltd
Smithfield, South Africa | 2001 - 2004

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Owner | Musselcracker Seafood Restaurant
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1999 - 2001

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Group Food & Beverage Manager | Bloemfontein Hotel, Cape Manor Hotel, Devonshire Hotel | Y Hotels (Pty) Ltd
South Africa | 1997 - 1999

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Responsible for the Food & Beverage Operations & Training for the Group

Group Executive Head Chef | Bloemfontein Hotel, Cape Manor Hotel, Devonshire Hotel, Protea Hof Hotel | Y Hotels (Pty) Ltd
South Africa | 1996 - 1997

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Responsible for the Kitchen Operations and Training for the group!

Executive Head Chef | Bloemfontein Hotel | Shandelier Hotels
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1994 - 1996

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Executive Head Chef | Karos Manhattan Hotel | Karos Hotel Group
Pretoria, South Africa | 1992 - 1993

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Executive Head Chef | Karos Mount Aux Sources | Karos Hotel Group
Northern Drakensberg, South Africa | 1991 - 1992

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Senior Catering Manager | Rand Mines | Fedics Food Services
Blyvooruitzicht, South Africa | 1991 - 1991

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Executive Sous Chef/Executive Head Chef | Bloemfontein Hotel | Southern Sun Hotels (Pty) Ltd
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1989 - 1991

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Chef Trainee | Various Hotels | Holiday Inn (Pty) Ltd
South Africa | 1987 - 1989

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Educational history


Brebner High School, Bloemfontein, South Africa (1985)



National 41'er of the Year | 2011

Received this sort after award for services rendered to the 41'ers Association of Southern Africa.

National 41'er of the Year | 2010

Received this sort after award for services rendered to the 41'ers Association of Southern Africa.

Certificate of Appreciation | 2011

Received this certificate from the 41'ers Association of Southern Africa in appreciation of the sponsorships towards the National AGM.

Certificate of Appreciation | 2010

Received this certificate from CANSA in appreciation for the assistance given with the raising of funds towards projects.

AA Travel Guides and American Express Commercial Hotel of the Year | 2007

Proud winners of this prestigious hospitality award.

OFM/Old Mutual Cobalt Service Excellence Awards | 2007

Winners of this prestigious award for excellence.

Certificate of Appreciation | 2006

Received a certificate of appreciation from Round Table Bloemfontein.

Great Team Achiever Award | 2006

Received the Great Team Achiever Award for the best team from the AA Travel and American Express Accommodation Awards.

South African Chefs Association Chairman's Award | 1994

Chairman's Award from Dr Billy Gallagher for Outstanding Service to the South African Chefs Association

General Manager of the Year | 1996

I was the General Manager of the Year for Y-Hotel Group!

Shortlist and nomination

Bloemfonteiner of the Year | 2007

I was proud to be nominated for the Old Mutual/Ons Stad annual Bloemfonteiner of the Year award. this award is given to a citizen who in the eyes of the public portrays good values and promotes the image of Bloemfontein, locally, nationally and internationally.

AA Travel Guides and American Express Full Service Hotel of the Year | 2006

We were a Semi-Finalist in this annual award category.

media exposure

Ons Stad Community Paper | 1996

Various articles and publications with editorials about me and my businesses as well as achievements

Volksblad Newspaper | 1996

Various articles and editorials pertaining to my achievements and charity work carried out!

Volksblad Cook Book | 2012

Recipes published in this great cook book available at Exclusive books.

Rapport Sunday Newspaper | 2011

Editorials about me by journalists.

Bloemnews Community Paper | 2007

Weekly recipe column.

Other Achievements

President of the Association of 41ers Club Southern Africa | 2011

The 41ers association in Southern Africa comprises all past Round Table members

International Convener for the Rainbow Twinning Project | 2006

This was a project between South Africa and Netherlands National Round Table Associations in which we managed to bring in close to between R1,5 and R3 million per annum for 4 years to do charity projects in South Africa.

International Relations Officer for the Association of Round Table Southern Africa | 2006

I was the IRO for the Association of Round Table Southern Africa. Round Table International has about 42,000 members world wide



41'er Association of Southern Africa

International Relations Officer, 2012 - present

41'er Association of Southern Africa

Association President, 2011 - 2012

Chaine de Rotisseur Southern Africa

Maitre Hotelier, 2011 - present

South African Chefs Association

Fellow Member, 1985 - present

Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa

Vice Chairman Inland Region, 1996 - 2012


Let's Hear Foundation

Founder, August 2011 - present

Our Foundation tries to assist all persons with hearing impediments no matter how small or large.

Rainbow Twinning Project - RTSA/RTN

National Project Convener, 2006 - 2009

I was the National Project Convener for the Rainbow Twinning project between Round Table Southern Africa and Round Table Netherlands. It was a fund raising project that brought in more than R3,000,000 over a 3 year period. All the money raised was used for various projects managed by the Round Table Clubs in Southern Africa.

Round Table Bloemfontein

Floor member, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman , 1996 - 2007

I held various positions with Round Table in Bloemfontein. Round Table is a Social and Charity organisation that has more than 1,800 members nationally and over 30,000 members internationally.

Round Table Southern Africa

National IRO, 2006 - 2007

I was the International Relations Officer for Round Table Southern Africa liaising with all the International Round Tablers across the world when they visited Southern Africa. I was responsible for the assisting both National and International Tablers with their communications between Round Table Clubs.

Other Activities

Cooking Demonstrations

Demo Instructor, February 1997 - present

I enjoy doing food demonstrations to people from all walks of life to educate them about the wonderful world of cookery.


BM Consultants

"Please visit my website to see all the letters of recommendation as well as references" - 1996

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