The South African Chefs’ Association says the country has lost a wealth of culinary expertise after the death of well-known chef, Lesego ‘LesDaChef’ Semenya.

The celebrity chef had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

Semenya co-hosted and judged Celebrity MasterChef.

The association’s communications director Coovashan Pillay says: ” (We are) Saddened and devastated to hear of the passing of our esteem colleague, friend and valued member of our association. An unfailing champion of heritage food in South Africa. He was an avid supporter of SA Chefs, ever willing to support with our events, also training at our centre for culinary excellence at UJ. Chef Lesego has certainly left a mark on all of us and a huge void in our culinary industry.”

Tributes also continue pouring in on social media for the 39-year-old.