Speaker From

South Africa


Cape Town

State | County | Province

Western Cape

Speaker Bio

David Grier is a Chef by profession and a Humanitarian by passion. Extreme Adventurer, Bestselling Author, and Inspirational Speaker.

Fueled by a passion to make a difference in the lives of children born with clefts and in need of  life changing corrective surgery, David turned to extreme adventurism to create awareness and raise fund for this cause and assist with their corrective surgery.

He has become the first person to have run the length of the Great Wall of China in both directions and since then has gone on to 6 more arduous, breath-taking adventures, each one adding to his life’s lessons which have now been crafted into a talk. “Back to the Wall”.4 of the journeys have been captured in coffee table books that David has written.

David has run The Great Wall of China West to East (4200 km in 93 days) in 2006 and then in 2019 East to West in 78 days, the entire coastline of South Africa (3300 km in 80 days), paddled from Africa to Madagascar (500 km in 12 days), run the Island of Madagascar (South to North; 2700 km in 67 days) The length of India North to South in 93 days, 4008 km. Thailand 1000 km in 20 days. Cuba 2300 km in 38 days, down the length of the UK (from John O’Groats to Lands’ End); from South to North in Ireland, followed by a run along Hadrian’s Wall.


“Back to the Wall”

In many ways one of the most important factors that David Grier has had to come to terms with, is the realization 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.

Ultimately each journey will etch a scar on one’s life as it passes. As David fought the twisting path of these journeys, a path that has sent him on so many unplanned detours, He looks back at the many different stages and how everything has panned out, how far they are from the original path.

Through these runs he had to personally deal with life threatening situations and life changing decisions, ultimately realizing that to continue with his journey he had to embrace change and evolve. David found out how important it is to be able to change as we travel our personal journeys through life to ultimately meet success.

“I honestly feel if one has purpose in life, this gives you the resilience to deal with the situations that you find yourself in. Resilience enables change and the ability to deal with the difficult task of adapting. Change brings positivity. “

Team Building:

Themed and inspired recipes from David’s adventures

This is the wonderful world of cooking. You are presented with the opportunity to express whether you can or can’t, whether you will or won’t.

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, David will supply all of the equipment and there are a few items the client needs to arrange such as tables at the venue and tablecloths.

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 other’s food at a big banquet table once they have been honed into a team of chefs they strive to open the ONE.

Keynote Topic #1



In many a way this is one of the most important factors that David Grier  has 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.

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