David Grier was born into a Cape wine farming family in South Africa, creating his love of the outdoors, food and wine. This is where his adventure began. After studying Hotel Management, David started a string of successful restaurants. Always pushing the boundaries in the food industry, he slowly began to make his mark in the industry with his most recent restaurant rated in the top 100 in South Africa. His success has led to television, brand exposure and his own range of food products.
More recently David established the ‘Miles for Smiles Foundation’, raising funds through adventure racing for Operation Smile,South Africa, to perform corrective surgery on children born with cleft lips and palates.
In many a way I think that this is one of the most important factors that I have had to come to terms with, the realisation that everything and everyone around us is evolving, changing at such a rapid rate. In order to keep pace, one has to have the ability to evolve with it.
SPICES TEA AND PHILOSOPHY
Starting in Kashmere, in the foothills of the Himalayas at the most northern temple I began this epic run down India, traveling through 10 provinces which in the end felt like 10 different countries.
Ultimately each journey will etch a scar of life as it passes. As I fought the twisting path of this journey, a path that has sent me on so many unplanned detours, I look back at the many different stages and how everything has panned out, they are far from the original path.
HOPE IN THYME
What does the future hold for us? Is there hope in the future for our country?´. We have undergone such massive change over the past 15 years and in order to carry on with this process, there must be a reward. To David that reward is hope and the knowledge that this country is going to be a better place.
COURAGE AND RICE
Through this run I had to personally deal with life threatening situations and life changing decisions, ultimately realizing that in order to continue with my journey I had to embrace change and evolve. I found out how important it is to be able to change as we travel our personal journeys through life to ultimately meet success.
The challenge is under the guidance of Chef David Grier. The group will be divided into teams of 3 and the challenge is to be able to master the art of cooking in your small unit, but ultimately to master the art of working as one big cohesive team and get the food out as one when the restaurant opens in time for all to sit down together and enjoy the meal.
This is an interactive team building cooking class where you are presented with a task that can only be accomplished with an interactive group as its based on timing, communication, creativity and loads of fun the cook-off takes about ONE hour.
The event can be held anywhere, no formal kitchen is needed, I supply all of the equipment there are a few items the client needs to arrange such as tables at the venue and table cloths.
The aim of the event is to in the space of ONE hour teach everyone to cook the dishes assigned to them Contestants then all eat each others food at a big banquet table once they have been honed into a team of chefs they strive to open the ONE.
- ‘Spices Tea & Philosophy’ is due to be released soon
- ‘Burnt Vanilla’ – A paddle to and a journey through Madagascar.
- ‘Hope in Thyme’ – Running the Coastline of South Africa.
- ‘Courage and Rice’ – Running the Great Wall of China.
As a producer, I also really appreciated that he had researched who the audience was and had added some “Maintenance” references and pictures into his presentation – this demonstrated how professional David is and I think the audience felt event more respect for him that he had made an effort to “talk” their language. His book we used as gifts for our speakers was also just awesome and very well-received. We will definitely be using David again in the future and I will definitely recommend that we use his book as a gift for the speakers.
- John O’Groats to Land's End (1500km in 24 days)
- South to North up Ireland (600km in 7 days)
- Hadrian wall (128 km in 23 hours)
- Running across India, 2011/2012 (4008km in 93 Days)
- Running across the island of Madagascar, 2010/2011 (2700km in 64 days)
- Solo paddle from Africa to Madagascar, 2010 (500km in 11 days)
- SA Speakers Inc. Humanitarian of the year 2010
- Finalist SA Adventurer of the year 2010
- Running the coast of South Africa, 2008 (3300 km in 80 days)
- Simonsvlei Cape Adventurer of the year, 2007
- Out There Magazine 2007 Adventurer of the Year
- Great Wall Challenge, 2006 (4200 km in 98 days)
- Grand Raid, Reunion, 1998, 1999 & 2002 (125 km off-road mountain run)
- Puffer Challenge, 1999 (80 km)
- Kilimanjaro 1994
- Two Oceans 1996, 1997 & 1998
- Comrades 1996
- Argus Cycle Tour 1995, 1996 & 1998
- Men’s Health Adventure Racing Team (250 km & 500km races)
His message is of hope and ‘making a difference’ in people’s lives through change, positivity, the right attitude, recognizing opportunity, and never giving up.