A chef father, Portugese and Italian godparents, a music addiction and the cultural melting-pot that is South African society are the foundation of Welgemoed’s cooking ethos. He sharpened his craft as a chef in Michelin starred restaurants for ten years.
Relocating to Adelaide, Welgemoed was one of the founders of the acclaimed Bistro Dom, assuming the role of executive chef. Bistro Dom was subsequently named The Australian’s Hottest Restaurant in South Australia, a listing in Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 and Welgemoed crowned The Advertiser’s Chef of the Year (2013).
In 2014 Welgemoed branched out on his own and opened Africola in November that year – it is a quirky, garish eatery laced with North African influences, showing that Welgemoed is adventurous, curious and always evolving. Accolades continue to flood in (recently number 5 in Financial review Top 100 restaurants of Australia) and Africola has become a staple for national and international visitors, high profile music and film guests, industry legends and the community.