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10 Ways to Celebrate Sustainable Gastronomy Day

10 Ways to Celebrate Sustainable Gastronomy Day: chefs as catalysts for change

On Sustainable Gastronomy Day, we celebrate the vital role chefs play in crafting a more sustainable food system. As culinary professionals, chefs possess a unique influence over consumers, driving cultural and behavioral shifts toward sustainable practices. Chefs are not merely creators of exquisite dishes; they are educators, innovators, and advocates for a healthier planet.

Chefs as Influencers and Educators

Chefs have the power to shape public opinion and influence food choices. By promoting locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, chefs can guide consumers towards more sustainable eating habits. The culinary arts can be a conduit for sustainability, fostering a deeper appreciation for traditional food practices that respect natural resources and cultural heritage.

Sustainable Gastronomy Day highlights how chefs, through their creativity and commitment, can address global challenges such as food waste, climate crisis, and the loss of biodiversity. By integrating sustainability into their menus, chefs can be agents of change.

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Taking Action: 10 practical steps for a more conscious kitchen

Culinary professionals are pivotal in championing sustainability in their kitchens and communities, connecting to a global movement towards a better future. Here are 10 practical steps chefs can take to promote sustainability, protect livelihoods, and foster a sustainable food system:

  1. Source Locally and Seasonally: Explore the journey from farm to fork, and prioritize ingredients from local small-scale farmers and suppliers to support regional economies. Engage with local producers to understand the harvesting schedules and plan menus around seasonal produce. This not only ensures the freshest ingredients but also promotes biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.
  2. Minimize Food Waste: Implement strategies to reduce food waste in kitchens, such as nose-to-tail cooking and repurposing leftovers. Educate kitchen staff on proper storage techniques to extend the shelf life of ingredients. Utilize food waste tracking tools to identify and address key areas where waste can be minimized.
  3. Educate and Inspire: Use your platform to educate staff and customers about the importance of sustainable practices. Share stories about the farmers and producers you work with and the benefits of sustainable sourcing. Create awareness through menu descriptions and signage that highlight your commitment to sustainability.
  4. Engage in Continuous Learning: Enroll in programs like Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals to stay informed about the latest sustainability practices. Attend workshops, conferences, and seminars focused on sustainable gastronomy. Network with other chefs and sustainability experts to exchange ideas and best practices.
  5. Optimize Energy and Water Use: Invest in energy-efficient kitchen equipment and implement practices to reduce water usage. Regularly maintain and update appliances to ensure they operate efficiently. Educate staff on simple habits, such as turning off equipment when not in use and using water-saving techniques during food preparation and cleaning.
  6. Reduce Single-Use Plastics: Transition to reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging and serving materials. Encourage customers to bring their own containers for takeout and provide incentives for doing so. Work with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging for delivered goods.
  7. Promote Biodiversity: Incorporate diverse and heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, and grains into your dishes. Incorporating beans and legumes into your menu not only promotes biodiversity but also provides a nutritious and sustainable protein source. Experiment with lesser-known ingredients that can add unique flavors and nutritional benefits to your menu.
  8. Engage in Community Outreach: Partner with local food banks and shelters to donate surplus food. Organize cooking classes and workshops that teach sustainable cooking techniques to the community. Participate in local farmers’ markets and food festivals to promote sustainable gastronomy.
  9. Lead by Example: Demonstrate leadership in your kitchens by ensuring fair wages, equal opportunities, and continuous training for your team. Champion women’s empowerment in agriculture and culinary arts, advocating for better representation and support in these fields.
  10. Advocate for Change: Participate in community and industry initiatives that promote sustainable food systems. Collaborate with local schools and organizations to teach children about healthy and sustainable eating. Be a citizen chef by advocate for policy changes supporting sustainable agriculture and food systems.

By embracing these actions, chefs can make a significant impact on global sustainability efforts.

Local to Global: taking your impact to the world stage

Chefs can further this impact by engaging in policy advocacy and public education. By collaborating with governments, NGOs, and industry stakeholders, chefs can influence food policy to support sustainable practices. Participating in forums, policy discussions, and campaigns allows chefs to advocate for a food system that prioritizes sustainability, inclusion, and health.

By reducing food waste, sourcing sustainably, and supporting ethical practices, chefs can contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and SDG 13 (Climate Action). Moreover, by advocating for fair trade, local sourcing, and protecting the livelihoods of farmers and producers, chefs also support SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

On this Sustainable Gastronomy Day, let’s celebrate the transformative power of chefs as agents of change. By taking simple, everyday actions, chefs can lead the way toward a more sustainable and delicious food future for all. Through education, advocacy, and practical action, culinary professionals can make a lasting impact on both people and the planet.

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The Feed the Planet team, June 2024. Read more about the Feed the Planet partnership here.

“Chefs have become increasingly involved in
the global movement to reduce food waste,
championing food waste reduction efforts in their
own restaurants, as well as empowering local
communities to fight food waste. In June 2018, the
World Association of Chefs Societies (World Chefs)
met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to shed light on the
links between the culinary industry and food waste,
environmental degradation, and hunger.”

Chefs As Agents of Change, FAO and UNESCO Collaboration on Food and Culture

Worldchefs offers resources and education to empower culinary professionals worldwide to be food champions. Whether it be tuning in to Worldchefs’ webcast Sustainability Around the World or exploring Feed the Planet programs, everyone has the opportunity to take action.

One key initiative is Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals, an open-source online curriculum available on Worldchefs Academy. This comprehensive course, consisting of eight lessons, equips chefs with the knowledge and tools to think and act sustainably. Topics range from sustainable sourcing and food waste reduction to energy efficiency and community engagement. By completing this course, chefs can become champions of sustainability, influencing their peers, patrons, and the broader community.

This October, Worldchefs’ global community will gather together in Singapore for the 2024 Worldchefs Congress. Join the discussion surrounding the biggest challenges and opportunities facing culinary professionals and help inspire trends that will shape the future of the hospitality industry.

Check out the Speakers to discover hospitality professionals paving the way toward a sustainable future. Meet industry leaders like Emile van der Staak, Head Chef of Restaurant De Nieuwe Winkel, and thousands of chefs from around the world with a shared commitment to making a difference.

“The food forest was the catalyst for our story around botanical cuisine. We realise that many of the challenges we face come back to our plates. Our food system is one of the biggest drivers of global warming. That’s why we only use plants: botanical gastronomy.” — Emile van der Staak

Register now to expand your network and gain skills for a more conscious kitchen.

Cover image: A plate from Restaurant De Nieuwe Winkel’s current menu: Awakening.


For more on Social Impact in the Kitchen, join us on June 25th to discover the inspiring journey of Jordann Norbert.
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Worldchefs Welcomes Five New Education Partners: Culinary Training Excellence in Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, and the Philippines

Worldchefs has welcomed five new Education Partners representing culinary training excellence in Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, and the Philippines.
  • Worldchefs has announced the addition of five culinary education institutions representing excellence in culinary training across the globe as part of the celebrated Quality Culinary Education Program. ALMA School of Italian Culinary Arts, the Cork Education & Training Board of Ireland, Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, George Brown College in Canada, and the IChef – Philippines have joined as Education Partners. 
  • Accepted as a Worldchefs Recognized Schools, each Education Partner fulfills the criteria for the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program. Launched in 2010, the landmark Recognition of Quality Culinary Education officially recognizes educational institutions committed to the highest standards in culinary education.
  • To explore all Worldchefs Education Partners, visit worldchefs.org/education-partner

Paris, 13 June 2024 – Worldchefs has announced the addition of five culinary education institutions from across the globe as part of the celebrated Quality Culinary Education Program. ALMA School of Italian Culinary Arts, the Cork Education & Training Board of Ireland, Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, George Brown College in Canada, and the IChef – Philippines have joined Worldchefs as Education Partners. The partnership unites their staff, students, and alumni with an international network of hospitality professionals charting the future of culinary education and training.

Accepted as Worldchefs Recognized Schools, each Education Partner fulfills the criteria for the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program. Launched in 2010, the landmark Recognition of Quality Culinary Education officially recognizes educational institutions committed to the highest standards in culinary education. Recognized Schools represent excellence in culinary education on a global scale. 

ALMA: The School of Italian Culinary Arts
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ALMA

Established in 2004, ALMA School of Italian Culinary Arts is recognized as a leading school of hospitality training, thanks to a story made of will and passion, of people who every day believe in the project, and in a prestigious and avant-garde structure.

Nestled in the heart of the ‘Italian Food Valley’, in the historic Ducal Palace of Colorno, ALMA has cultivated a global reputation for delivering unparalleled education in the art of Italian cuisine. ALMA is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich traditions of Italian gastronomy while embracing modern culinary techniques and global trends.

Cork Education and Training Board

Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB) was established under the Education and Training Boards Act of 2013. Cork ETB plans, provides, supports, and coordinates education, training, and youth services in Cork, which are recognized internationally as a model of excellence.

A driving force of education and training in Cork, Corb ETB provides high-quality services that are innovative, responsive, and inclusive, with a pathway for every learner.

Cork College of FET, Cork’s Further Education and Training Service, offers a two-year Level 6 Commis Chef Apprenticeship and Level 5 Craft Butchery Apprenticeship, both run in the College’s Westside Hospitality Centre.

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Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland ranks 7th in the world for hospitality management, confirming its position as one of the world’s finest culinary schools.

Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland blends hands-on culinary arts
education with practical business theory. The school offers cutting-edge facilities that promote sustainability and inspire innovation. Hosted on two different campuses, the school offers both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, accredited by the University of Derby, with pathways in vegetarian arts, culinary arts, and pastry & chocolate arts. These three pathways can also be pursued as a one-year diploma.

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George Brown College

The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, is set in downtown Toronto, the largest, most vibrant hospitality city in Canada. The Centre is located just steps away from the city’s top restaurants, bars, hotels, and event venues. George Brown College offers 21 Certificate, diploma, degree, and postgraduate programs, including a four year Honours Bachelor of Food Studies Degree, the first of its kind in Canada, and the first four-year Culinary Management Honours Bachelor Degree.

Students are trained by professors who work in the industry, acquiring the essential skills required to succeed. Through real-world experience in its fully functioning restaurant, The Chefs’ House, students have the chance to interact with customers in real-life work situations.

ICHEF

One of the largest and most modern hospitality and culinary schools in the Philippines, The Institute of International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship (IChef) provides students with outstanding credentials by developing culinary creativity and hospitality business skills.

Located at a new six-level campus in Davao City, Philippines, IChef is fitted with the most modern and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for a globally competent training delivery. With a teaching staff of multi-awarded master chefs, learners benefit from hands-on training. Working in partnership with industry professionals, IChef prepares students to perform the management and operational tasks necessary for them to start a successful career or business in the hospitality arena.

discover your career path with worldchefs education partners

To explore all Worldchefs Education Partners, visit worldchefs.org/education-partner

Cover photo: ALMA graduates celebrate at the school’s historic campus, the Ducal Palace of Colorno.

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Worldchefs and Kentaur Come Together to Elevate Culinary Work Wear

A new partnership between Worldchefs and Kentaur is set to enhance the culinary profession with high-quality, durable work wear, supporting chefs globally in their demanding environments.

  • Worldchefs has partnered with Kentaur to provide premium work wear for chefs, enhancing performance and comfort in demanding kitchen environments.
  • The official chefswear provider of Worldchefs, Kentaur will outfit competitors in the Global Chefs Challenge Finals.
  • Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

Paris│31 May 2024 – The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) has announced a new partnership with Kentaur, Danish specialists in innovative and functional work wear. This collaboration aims to enhance the work experience for culinary professionals worldwide by providing high-quality, durable, and stylish workwear designed specifically for demanding kitchen environments.

outfitting the world’s best chefs

Kentaur is already a top choice in work wear for the world’s best chefs, and a proud supporter of culinary competition teams including the Danish, German, Swiss, and Finland’s gold medal-winning culinary team. 

As part of this partnership, Kentaur will be the official chefswear provider for the World Association of Chefs’ Societies, outfitting Worldchefs board members, committee members, and participants at key events such as the leading industry event Worldchefs Congress and renowned culinary competition Global Chefs Challenge.

Made for you, with you, at Work

At Kentaur, the creation of work wear is a collaborative process, designed to make the workday easier for hotel and restaurant industry professionals. The company works closely with chefs, including the National Culinary Team of Denmark, to ensure their products meet the specific needs of the industry. This hands-on approach guarantees that every detail of Kentaur workwear is both functional and comfortable.

Kentaur ensures their work wear is highly functional and meets industry needs by engaging directly with users and listening to their feedback. This collaborative approach guarantees that their products not only fit perfectly but also maintain their quality even after the extensive use and numerous washes that come along with life in the kitchen.

Made for people. At work.

Since 1990, Kentaur has focused on creating workwear that, in addition to looking good, is also comfortable and functional, down to the smallest detail – giving you workwear you actually enjoy wearing.

Sustainability and Responsibility

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Kentaur’s workwear stands out for its meticulous attention to detail and its commitment to sustainability. The company emphasizes responsible production practices, ensuring that every piece of clothing is created with minimal environmental impact. Their WorkWear&Care strategy focuses on high durability, timeless styles, and socially responsible production methods, all while contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Key features of Kentaur workwear include:

  • High Durability & Long Lifetime: Products are designed to withstand rigorous use, ensuring a long lifespan.
  • Timeless Styles: Classic designs that remain relevant over time.
  • Responsible Production: Commitment to social and environmental responsibility in all production processes.
  • Circular Take-Back Solutions: Initiatives to give old garments a new life, reducing landfill impact.

By choosing Kentaur workwear, Worldchefs members are not only investing in high-quality apparel but also supporting a company that prioritizes sustainability and ethical practices.

Worldchefs President, Thomas Gugler, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership: “We are thrilled to join forces with Kentaur, whose dedication to quality and sustainability aligns with Worldchefs’ values. This partnership will provide our members all around the globe with access to workwear that enhances their performance and comfort, helping them to excel in their culinary pursuits.”

About Kentaur

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Kentaur, a Danish-based company, has been dedicated to crafting exceptional workwear since 1990. Their philosophy, “Kentaur workwear is made for people. At work,” reflects their commitment to creating garments that are not only functional and comfortable but also tailored to the unique needs of professionals. With a strong focus on ergonomics, design, and durability, Kentaur’s products support the daily work of chefs, waitstaff, and other hospitality professionals.

“Our designs and straightforward service reflect our Danish roots. We are on a journey towards making a positive impact on our industry by developing take-back solutions and encouraging our supply chain to innovate in textile development. Our high-quality products guarantee durability and longevity, even in the most challenging kitchen environments,” says Kentaur’s team.

About Worldchefs

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a federation made up of 110 national chef associations. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries years of history since its founding in 1928 at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier.

Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through these core focus areas:

  • Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculum, and the world’s first Global Culinary Certification recognizing on-the-job skillsin hospitality;
  • Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;
  • Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and operates the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;
  • Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For media inquiries or more information about the partnership, please contact Olivia Ruszczyk at [email protected].

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A Chef’s Guide to Food as Medicine

A Chef’s Guide to Food as Medicine: a prescription for a paradigm shift
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The notion that healthy diets support good health is by no means a new concept. Hippocrates of ancient Greece, considered the father of medicine, famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This age-old wisdom continues to resonate, reminding us of the profound connection between diet and health.

In today’s world, where a myriad of crises impact our food systems and our health, understanding the role of food as medicine is more crucial than ever. Each meal presents an opportunity to support our health or undermine it, highlighting the importance of food in promoting overall wellbeing.

As chefs, we hold the responsibility of harnessing the power of food to nourish not just appetites but bodies, minds, and communities. Through culinary expertise, chefs have the power to transform ingredients into potent prescriptions for health and food systems transformation. As we delve deeper into the concept of food as medicine, let’s explore how chefs can deliver on this responsibility one dish at a time.

Culinary Medicine: empowering healthier choices

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

― Ann Wigmore
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The impact of food and diet on health is undeniable. There is an overwhelming body of evidence linking poor diets to diseases like heart conditions, diabetes, and cancer. But food isn’t just a culprit; it’s also a remedy. The evolving field of Culinary Medicine is helping to bridge the gap between allopathic medicine and the healing power of food, marrying the two iconic white uniforms: the chef’s jacket and the doctor’s coat.

Culinary Medicine is a multi-disciplinary approach combining the art and science of food and cooking with the evidence-based practice of medicine. It involves incorporating culinary knowledge such as meal preparation, knife skills, and recipe modification to improve the nutritional quality of the foods. The foundation of that nutrition knowledge and culinary skills is used to help individuals make healthier food choices and improve their health.

Whether it be in the clinic or the kitchen, education is a central tool in advancing conversations around preventative medicine and overall health literacy. Food, a great connector, is a gateway to deeper discussions about health and nutrition, empowering individuals to make informed dietary choices.

With so many people craving information and guidance when it comes to healthy diets, chefs can help bring great nutrition and health literacy to the table. Through educational initiatives led by chefs, communities can gain a better understanding of the role of food in promoting good health and in preventing and managing chronic diseases. By fostering a culture of culinary education and empowerment, chefs can inspire individuals to become proactive stewards of their own health.

From the Clinic to the Kitchen: integrating the science of medicine into culinary tradition
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Chefs, armed with their culinary expertise, have the remarkable ability to unleash the magic of food by selecting and combining ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds. Take, for example, the vibrant hues of fruits and vegetables, each color representing a unique array of phytonutrients with distinct health benefits. From the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric to the cardiovascular support offered by leafy greens, the palette of possibilities is as diverse as it is delicious.

Incorporating food as medicine into culinary practices not only elevates the dining experience but also empowers chefs to make a meaningful impact on the wellbeing of eaters. It provides a holistic approach to nourishment that celebrates the symbiotic relationship between food and health, without forgetting flavor. Dr. Timothy Harlan, a renowned physician and chef, emphasizes the transformative potential of a ‘food first’ perspective, where chefs bring their creativity to high-quality, nutritious, and local ingredients.

I come to the conversation from a ‘food first’ perspective, not from a clinical perspective, from ‘Look, this has to be great food that just happens to be great for you,’

That’s really interesting when you think about what it means to be a chef and the training that chefs get because you’re using great quality, fresh, and these days more and more local ingredients. In a way that just happens to be healthy. The unique piece for those of us who do what I do for a living is that we come to it from that ‘food first’ perspective.

― Dr. Timothy Harlan

Embracing the concept of food as medicine is not just a trend; it’s a paradigm shift towards a healthier, more sustainable food future. The food as medicine perspective reminds us to reflect on the many roles of food with reverence, and to take action to ensure our food system supports the power of food in better health and beyond.

Citizen Chefs for Citizen Eaters: putting food and health on the policy menu

Food as medicine solutions are undeniably making strides in improving health outcomes, yet it’s crucial to acknowledge that they are not a silver bullet. While Culinary Medicine holds tremendous potential, it must be complemented by broader policy changes aimed at enhancing access to and affordability of nutritious and culturally appropriate food options, and greater investments in health education.

Chefs play a pivotal role in advocating for these systemic changes. By championing sustainable sourcing practices, supporting local small-scale family farmers, and advocating for policies that prioritize food equity, chefs can contribute to building a more resilient and inclusive food system.

We need more citizen chefs for citizen eaters—individuals who actively engage in local food systems and advocate for policies that ensure equitable access to nutritious food for all. By becoming informed and engaged in dialogue around policy, we can drive positive change, increase access to nutritious options, and support initiatives aimed at promoting food justice. Through collective action and community engagement, chefs and eaters alike can work towards building a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, nourished by a food system that prioritizes health, equity, and sustainability.

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Food as medicine represents one piece of the puzzle towards achieving a healthier future. While food as medicine solutions hold immense promise in improving health outcomes, they must be accompanied by systemic changes in food policy and greater investments in health education and access to preventative care.

Worldchefs’ members and food systems actors around the globe are advocating for a more delicious, equitable, and sustainable food system. By embracing the concept of the citizen eater and putting food at the top of the political agenda, we can work together toward a future where everyone has access to nutritious, delicious food for better health and better lives.


For more on Culinary Medicine, tune into our recent podcast episode with Dr. Timothy Harlan: Culinary Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Food and Health.
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Worldchefs Partners with Scoolinary to Expand Access to Quality Culinary Training

A new partnership between Worldchefs and Scoolinary is empowering culinary careers through online courses and scholarship opportunities, enhancing accessibility to quality culinary education across the globe.
  • Worldchefs has partnered with Scoolinary, enhancing accessibility to culinary education through 50+ new online courses on Worldchefs’ Approved Courses platform and a scholarship program.
  • The collaboration aims to make quality culinary education more accessible globally, addressing training constraints in the hospitality industry.
  • Worldchefs’ latest Education Partner, Scoolinary offers over 300 online courses, empowering professionals with hands-on learning and industry-relevant skills.

Paris│16 April 2024 – The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) has announced a new partnership with Scoolinary, a leading online culinary education platform. This collaboration marks a significant stride towards making quality culinary education more accessible worldwide.

Partnership Highlights

Scoolinary, Worldchefs’ new Education Partner, will introduce over 50 new online courses to the Worldchefs’ Approved Courses platform, the industry directory of the best online courses and vocational training programs to start or accelerate a career in hospitality.

Scoolinary will also unveil a scholarship program exclusively available to Worldchefs’ global network of Education Partners, further fostering culinary talent and expertise.

Making Quality Culinary Education Accessible

In a landscape where culinary training faces constraints, Worldchefs is committed to democratizing culinary education. Scoolinary offers a key solution to bridge the training gap in the hospitality sector, offering a diverse array of online courses that transform culinary learning. By partnering with Scoolinary, Worldchefs reinforces its dedication to elevating standards and empowering careers in the global hospitality industry.

As part of the partnership, Scoolinary has extended a special offer to the Worldchefs community. For a limited time, Worldchefs’ international network can benefit from a 50% discount* on Scoolinary’s annual membership.

Exclusive Offer: Unlock Unlimited Access at Half the Price

This exclusive offer grants you unlimited access to Scoolinary’s extensive range of courses, with new content added weekly. Benefit from the expertise of over 200 esteemed chefs and pastry chefs from around the globe as you expand your culinary knowledge and skills.

Advancing Continuous Learning in Hospitality

The partnership between Worldchefs and Scoolinary underscores the importance of continuous learning in the hospitality industry. By leveraging technology and innovative teaching methods, both organizations aim to address the industry’s challenges, including high turnover and a shortage of qualified professionals. Through accessible, high-quality education, they seek to enhance productivity, competitiveness, and talent retention in the culinary landscape.


“As Worldchefs continues its mission to promote excellence in culinary education worldwide, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Scoolinary,” said John Clancy, Worldchefs Education Director. “This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing accessible and high-quality training opportunities for culinary professionals everywhere. Through Scoolinary’s diverse range of online courses, chefs at all levels can enhance their skills and advance their careers, contributing to the growth and innovation of the hospitality industry.”

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Scoolinary

Scoolinary pioneers the culinary education revolution with its comprehensive platform offering more than 300 online courses. These courses, led by world-renowned chefs and experts, cover various culinary disciplines such as Cooking, Pastry and Confectionery, Bakery and Pastries, Cocktails, Sommelier, Barista, and Nutrition. With a focus on flexibility and hands-on learning, Scoolinary equips professionals with the skills needed to excel in the dynamic hospitality sector.

Lorena Hidalgo, spokesperson for Scoolinary, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Worldchefs in our mission to democratize culinary education. Together, we aim to empower individuals worldwide with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the culinary industry.”

About Worldchefs

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a federation made up of 110 national chef associations. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries years of history since its founding in 1928 at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier.

Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through these core focus areas:

  • Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculum, and the world’s first Global Culinary Certification recognizing on-the-job skillsin hospitality;
  • Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;
  • Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and operates the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;
  • Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For media inquiries or more information about the partnership, please contact Olivia Ruszczyk at [email protected] and Lorena Hidalgo at [email protected].

*The 50% off code will automatically apply at checkout. Membership prices vary depending on location (US, Europe, etc.).

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Young Chefs Are Taking the Industry Back to School

Young Chefs Are Taking the Industry Back to School: In Conversation with Rebecca van Bommel, Worldchefs Young Chefs Ambassador

What do the next generation of industry leaders have to say about key challenges for the future? We hear from Rebecca van Bommel, an up-and-coming culinary voice and one to watch. Her early career already has an impressive résumé: Worldchefs Global Development of Young Chefs Committee member, Culinary Federation Canada’s Young Chef Liaison, Red Seal Certified Young Chef, and competitor with Culinary Team Canada. She shares her insights to help pave the way for young people in hospitality.
How did you wind up in this profession? What was your pathway?

I knew from the start that I wanted to pursue something in the culinary field. I’ve always loved baking, making different desserts for my family and friends, cooking. As soon as I finished high school, I went straight into a two-year culinary school program and that just solidified the passion I had for the industry and how much I loved it. From there, I did some apprenticeships in Ireland and really enjoyed that as well, and just kept cooking. I did a few different avenues—hotels, local pubs, a Michelin star—and then COVID hit and the industry slowed down a bit. Some chefs I had been working with previously on a contract basis at food shows reached out to me and had a food sales position open. And that’s how I transitioned over into that avenue. I’ve been enjoying it.

What do you love about being in the food broker world?

The food broker world I love because you get to see behind-the-scenes. I get to interact and talk with different chefs every single day, talk to them about what products they’re using and why, and get a little insight into their restaurant or their business and how they run things and what they prefer. It’s really cool for me, coming from a chef background, to get a behind-the-scenes look into different chefs’ lives, so that’s been enjoyable for me.

You also cook at a retirement home. What is unique about serving that market?

Working in the retirement community, that opportunity also presented itself during COVID. I got into that world and realized—wow—they make really good food. We serve steak, we serve lamb, we serve lobster tails to our residents.

Depending on the restaurant, you often don’t get to talk to the people who are eating your food. Retirement is completely different because it’s the same people every single day, and you can actually build a relationship with them, find out their likes and dislikes. There’s a lot of creativity allowed in retirement. You’re not making the same dishes every day like you would often in a restaurant. Every day is different. And you can take what the residents are telling you, what they love, what they don’t love, and take that into account and create amazing food for them.

Competition—it’s something you do a lot at a very high level. Any lessons learned from the competition world?

I did my first competition while I was still in culinary school. It was a small, local one. I said, ‘I’ll do this just for fun. See where it goes. Just have fun with it.’ I got 1st place. And then I was kind of like, oh, this is fun.

It’s a good stress. It’s a stress, but it’s a stress that motivates you to want to try better. Segueing from that competition, I was invited to compete at the Culinary Olympics on a regional team. And that was probably the most stressful summer of my life—the practicing and preparing—and I said, ‘I will never do this again. This is not worth it.’ But then we got to IKA. Just to see all the other competitors and how big it is, and how proud you feel. Now I’m on my third Culinary Olympics team, and I don’t think that’s over any time soon.

Let’s jump into the world of sustainability. Where are our young people in this equation?

I think young chefs especially are extremely aware about sustainability in the industry and in their careers. I know it was something we talked about when I was in culinary school and how important it is to prevent food waste. Food waste is a huge part of it, and I think young chefs for the most part are very much aware and try to do their best about that. Another big factor is plastic waste, which again resurfaced with the pandemic because there was a lot of single-use plastics that were necessary at the time.

Young chefs are definitely aware of it and know that in order to have a bright future it’s something that they need to be mindful of on a daily basis. The issue with young chefs is sometimes they don’t have the support in their jobs to be able to do those types of things.

Are they empowered to make that change?

I would say it largely depends on what type of restaurant they’re in. For example, I’ve worked in a small local pub that got a lot of their ingredients from local farmers, and we used everything we could. We’d use carrot tops to make pesto and if we were to get fresh meat in, we’d use every part of the animal.

But then on the other hand, you have things like fine dining and Michelin stars, where they’ll make a square pan of something and cut out circles, and then you have all this waste. Or they’ll only pick the most perfect-looking carrots to put on the plate because of course we eat with their eyes first, and that’s important for that level of dining.

I think it depends on where they’re working. Young chefs in a smaller, independent restaurant would feel more empowered than say, a Michelin-starred restaurant where there’s that level, that standard that they have to keep up. And it’s so much harder to do that sustainably.

How about in competition?

With competitions it’s very hard to keep it sustainable, especially with the number of practice runs you have to go through to get to the competition. But I know even in the rules and the judging criteria, they’re becoming a lot more mindful of that.

In the past, where you might have used plastic tasting spoons, now the standard is to use wood or bamboo, something compostable. Same with sorting waste. They really focus on that. If you have trim from vegetables that you could use in a soup or use in another dish—save that, set it aside, put that to use. It’s a big focus, but it’s hard to do.

Another thing we try to do on our team—one of our competitions is cooking for 110 people. If we’re going to do a practice run, we want to find either 110 people we can feed so that food is not going to waste, or somewhere we can donate the food.

What would your advice be to a young person who wants to do things sustainably at a workplace where that’s not a priority?

I would say to start with a small change, because even the small things make a difference. You’re not going to change the chef’s mindset overnight and suddenly everything’s going to be sustainable. But if there’s one little thing, one little practice in the restaurant where you could suggest a more sustainable alternative, start with that. And that might open the doors for future conversations. That might get the chef thinking as well, ‘What else could I do? That was an easy change that didn’t affect the quality of my food at all. What else could I do to be more sustainable?’

Is sustainability something that is top of mind for young chefs looking for a place to work?

It’s hard to speak on behalf of all young chefs, but I would say sustainability isn’t necessarily top top. It’s definitely cuisine, style, food, and skill. But there is a niche in restaurants that are nose-to-tail or farm-to-table. In that sense, a lot of young chefs look for those types of establishments and want to work there, and those are more sustainable establishments naturally.

I don’t think they go in looking for sustainable businesses, but they might go looking for something that operates in that sense, where they’re very mindful of using local fresh ingredients and using every part of the ingredient.

What do you want to see from employers today?

Young people, we’re kind of driven by low risk, high reward. Going back to the pandemic as well, when a lot of chefs didn’t have work because restaurants were closed, it gave them a chance to breathe and a lot of them realized, ‘Why am I doing this to myself? Why am I working crazy, long hours, no days off? Really tough work environments, stressful work environments, no breaks. Why, when I could have better work-life balance?’ I think the pandemic brought that into focus. The working conditions that are typical of our industry, I’m not saying everywhere is like that but it’s kind of classically how it’s been.

There’s a big lack of workers because young chefs have realized ‘I don’t want this life anymore and if you can’t give me a more balanced schedule, some benefits, health benefits or otherwise, and better pay, I’m going to go to another industry.’

Do you think the foodservice community is doing enough to support young people as they grow into this profession?

A resounding no. What young chefs are looking for, and I hate to say it this way—money is a huge driver because at the end of the day, if you can’t put food on your own plate, why are you going to spend your time putting food on other people’s plates?

There are a lot of supports in place, like from Worldchefs, but when it comes to the actual work side of things, the typical environment, especially in restaurants, in the culinary industry, it’s not supportive of young chefs.

Can you give us one piece of advice for young chefs, and one piece of advice for those of us who have been in the industry for quite a while longer?

The piece of advice I have for young chefs I’m borrowing from one of my instructors in culinary school who told me this and it hit home and enhanced by experience as a young chef.

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Volunteer for everything. If you’re in school and there’s an event happening and they need two volunteers, put your hand up and join. If they’re having an amazing guest speaker but you have to give up your Saturday afternoon, go to that guest speaker. It’s going to enhance your experience and enhance your education. You can go to culinary school and pass all the courses and get the diploma, but if you haven’t gone above and beyond and done all the extras and joined competitions, you’re not getting the same experience as someone who has.

Go online, go to Worldchefs, take part in these webinars, take part in these free courses, especially the sustainability ones because that’s where the future’s going. And do all these extra things and you will have so much more knowledge and so many more tools to empower you going out into the workforce.

And for the more established generation of chefs?

Listen to the young chefs. While more accomplished chefs, of course they have a world of experience. They’ve been here, they’ve been there, they’ve done this and that in many competitions and cooked in many different places and have tons of knowledge and experience from that.

But still, keep in mind to listen to the younger generation of people who aren’t so established, people just starting out. They also have very valuable ideas and valuable knowledge themselves and can teach you things that you may not have even thought of. Sustainability would be a huge one of those because it’s something we think about a lot more and we grew up with and know more about that we could teach to you.


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It’s Time for Michelin to Break the Glass Ceiling

By Clare Crowe Pettersson

Paris│28 March, 2024

Earlier this month, The MICHELIN Guide revealed its 2024 selection of top restaurants in France and Germany. The century-old institution can make or break a restaurant. It could also be doing a lot more to break the glass ceiling.

Leaning on young chefs to grow its audience and stay relevant, the Michelin Guide has focused in on the next generation of industry leaders under the age of 40. While more young chefs than ever were honored by the prestigious award, the Guide faces criticism for its continued disparity in gender representation.

The Michelin Guide France includes 639 Starred French restaurants—the most of any country in the world. With 52 chefs celebrating their first Star this year, only six women were among them. In Germany, only three of the 36 Starred restaurants have women as head chefs.

The women behind France’s 2024 Michelin Stars

Eugénie Béziat, the first-ever female head chef at the Ritz Paris’ flagship restaurant, L’Espadon, was the only woman awarded her own one star. For reference, Auguste Escoffier, Worldchefs’ first honorary president, was the Ritz’s first head chef, co-founding the luxury hotel in 1898.

Anne-Sophie Pic remains the only French female chef to earn three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic.

Manon Fleury and Laurène Barjhoux earned a star for their Paris restaurant Datil.

Adeline Lesage of Nacre, Emilie Roussey of Le Moulin de Cambelong, and Florencia Montes of Onice earned a star alongside their male co-chefs.

With more and more female-led top restaurants, why aren’t they in the Guide?

About a quarter of chefs are women, and more women are working in kitchens than ever before. So why is recognition so elusive?

In her speech at the 2024 ceremony, The Michelin Guide’s International Director Gwendal Poullennec asked, “Where are the women? Too few women are leading kitchens, despite the fact that more and more of them are working in kitchens.”

A study conducted in 2022 found that of the 2,286 Michelin-starred restaurants spanning 16 countries, just 6% were led by women, and the percentage of the World’s Best 100 restaurants with a female head chef just scratched past 6.5%. For every female-led Michelin-starred establishment, there are 16 run by men.

Industry awards like Michelin are the epitome of global recognition for chefs and restauranteurs, with the power to determine their success in the fine dining realm. With such an established platform to lead, they have an important role in the movement towards a more diverse, equitable, and sustainable hospitality sector.

Increasingly, women are in top kitchens around the world. The question isn’t just “Where are the women?”, it’s why aren’t we honoring the whole cast of characters, male and female, behind a restaurant’s success? Michelin Stars are not awarded to chefs, they are awarded to restaurants. However, the reality is that the system gives credit to the head chef and does little to platform the rest of the team. Michelin, and the industry at large, must address this and do more to highlight the team effort behind the success of a restaurant, from the sous-chef to the dishwasher.

We need more recognition for every member of the hospitality staff. We need greater visibility to encourage diversity at all levels. We need more women in leadership roles. For fine dining, the most marginalized shouldn’t be the niche, they should be the norm.

Women do belong in the kitchen

Whether it be a century ago or today, women often go unseen and unheard.  The reasons behind the underrepresentation of women in leading culinary roles are complex and deeply rooted in sexism and structural inequalities.

So many chefs credit their mothers for inspiring them to pursue culinary careers. They reference their recipes, recounting stories from a matriarch’s kitchen featuring techniques and flavors that would surely put some professional kitchens to shame.

Recognizing unpaid domestic and care work is central to understanding the unique constraints for women in the labor market. It’s a reality most of us have witnessed first-hand over generations. Women are time-poor, exhausted, undervalued, and deprived of the self-care, development, and financial independence necessary for full participation in the labor market. This perpetuates the unjust gendered division of labor, creating a key barrier before women even get into the workplace.

“Across the world, without exception, women carry out three-quarters of unpaid care work, or more than 75% of the total hours provided. Women dedicate on average 3.2 times more time than men to unpaid care work. There is no country where women and men perform an equal share of unpaid care work. As a result, women are constantly time poor, which constrains their participation in the labour market.”

International Labour Organization, 2019

Despite women making up 40% of the global workforce, they still take on the bulk of childcare and household duties. This makes building a career challenging enough, let alone navigating the unique and intense demands of a culinary career. The culture of top-tier gastronomy is especially difficult to reconcile with family life.

The answer isn’t to pretend that gender-based issues don’t exist but to have a supportive workplace where these issues can be addressed and navigated, for chefs of all genders. The long hours, low pay, and lack of benefits that characterize the culinary profession represent a huge issue for every industry professional, regardless of gender. The lack of an appropriate support system for food workers is an issue that impacts men and women alike.

For the industry to move forward, leadership needs to meet the needs of their staff, prioritizing human rights over profits. Rather than focusing on the bottom line, we need to push beyond the basics to empower staff with access to healthcare, better work/life balance, mental health support, and support for a plethora of other challenges from eating disorders to job security.

We need more conversations in our community to address these issues. But it is not only women who are calling for change in the fine dining industry. The culinary space is having a harder time attracting new talent, with young people opting to pursue other professions in light of its reputation.

For anyone entering the industry, and for the many of us who take pride in being a part of it, we have to imagine what we want our lives to look like. For young professionals, envisioning their future might include marriage, children, owning a home, and holidays abroad. For the average person working in a kitchen, is this a realistic vision? It should be, but for most culinary professionals, it’s a long way off. Collectively, we need to work towards a standard for livelihoods that makes these milestones achievable.

What would a women-led industry look like? Perhaps if the female chefs of times gone by had been given the same opportunities to shape our current realities as their male counterparts, we’d see a lot more cooks enjoying better health and being able to afford childcare. Far beyond advocating for women in the culinary industry, we need to advocate for real solutions to long-standing failures for working people.

Incredible progress has been made, thanks to generations of women breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes. Still, so much more work is needed to address the disparity in gender representation, particularly in leadership roles and pay equity. Gains in culinary education standards, apprenticeship opportunities, and mentorship provide hope for a more inclusive industry ahead.

Rewriting the standards (and history) of excellence

Eugénie Brazier was the first woman in history to earn three Michelin Stars (six, actually, with three Stars at two different restaurants). Known for exacting standards, the Lyon-based chef and restaurateur was one of the most influential figures in gastronomy during the 20th century. A single mother, by the time she turned 40 she was the chef-owner of two restaurants and one of the world’s most decorated chefs. She was a mentor to many who passed through her kitchen, including legendary chef Paul Bocuse. Why did he erase her from his history? If only he hadn’t. If only more of us knew her name and credited her legacy.

The new generations are less chauvinistic, which is great to see. I want to see more balance between men and women in kitchens, respecting one another.

Janaína Torres, The World’s Best Female Chef 2024

Until more women and people of color are recognized by a system that puts so much stock in fine dining guides like Michelin, we’re still stuck in the past. As an organization that prides itself of setting the highest international standards, Worldchefs is proud to recognize the many women who make this industry what it is, from the nonnas whose recipes grace our menus to the female-led kitchens shaping the future of the sector.

As we close out Women’s History Month, we renew our commitment to moving the dial on gender equity in kitchens around the globe. Not just as a step towards achieving gender equality, but as a step for a better future for all.


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Chef Daniel Calabrese Triumphs in Worldchefs-Endorsed Regional Competition

Chef Daniel Calabrese Triumphs in Worldchefs-Endorsed Regional Competition

Chef Daniel Calabrese clinches top honors in the Worldchefs-Endorsed Vegan Main Course Competition, a landmark event hosted by the Canadian Culinary Federation.
1st place winner Chef Daniel Calabrese with his kitchen assistant, Young Chef Samantha Heino at the 2024 Worldchefs Endorsed Vegan Main Course Competition in Toronto, Canada.

1st place winner Chef Daniel Calabrese with his kitchen assistant, Young Chef Samantha Heino, at the 2024 Worldchefs Endorsed Vegan Main Course Competition in Toronto, Canada.

Paris, France | March 21, 2024 — Celebrating culinary excellence and innovation, Chef Daniel Calabrese took the top spot at the 1st Annual Individual Vegan Main Course Culinary Competition for Canadian Culinary Federation Chef Members. Held on February 27th, 2024, at Centennial College’s culinary labs in Toronto, the competition showcased the artistry and skill of chefs dedicated to the craft of plant-based cuisine and garnered global attention with its Worldchefs regional endorsement. 

Excellence in Vegan Culinary Arts

The 1st Annual Individual Vegan Main Course Culinary Competition, hosted by the Culinary Federation Toronto branch, provided a platform for chefs to explore the vast possibilities of plant-based cuisine in the competition arena. Seven participants were tasked with crafting a 100% vegan main course within a strict 60-minute timeframe, presenting their creations to an expert panel of Worldchefs judges.

Competitors, each with the help of a Young Chef assistant, got to work on the preparation of two plated portions of a vegan main course. Featuring at least one accompanying sauce, the competitors had one hour to present a well-balanced mix of plant-based proteins, fruits, vegetables, starches, and healthy fats. Notably, processed or pre-formed items were strictly prohibited, emphasizing the use of whole plant-based ingredients.

With top awards granted for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, the competition brought together chefs committed to excellence in plant-based culinary arts.

  • 1st place:
    • Chef Daniel Calabrese
    • Young Chef kitchen assistant: Samantha Heino
  • 2nd place:
    • Chef Jose Paez
    • Young Chef kitchen assistant: Ramandeep Kaur
  • 3rd place:
    • Chef Muralitharan Thambapillai
    • Young Chef kitchen assistant: Simarjot Kaur
Competition Rules and Judging Criteria

Judging, a critical aspect of the competition, evaluated participants based on demanding parameters for service, presentation, and taste. The competition’s judging criteria, developed by Worldchefs, encompassed several key aspects including mise en place, correct professional preparation, hygiene, food waste management, service, presentation, and taste, with a total possible score of 100 points.

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The Worldchefs-Certifed judging jury at the 1st Annual Individual Vegan Main Course Culinary Competition for Canadian Culinary Federation Chef Members.

The judging jury consisted of two kitchen judges and three tasting judges, including a Certified International Worldchefs judge and Certified Continental Worldchefs judge, and several rookie judges shadowing to achieve the prestigious recognition as a Worldchefs Certified Judge. The Worldchefs-Certified judging jury ensured a fair and competitive environment and provided individual feedback to each competitor.

“Competitors experienced unbiased and well trained judging from a panel of Worldchefs tasting panel, giving valuable feedback for future culinary competitions. Competitors from outside of our membership were interested in competing directly because of the following and visibility of Worldchefs. Our local and regional aspiring judges also had the opportunity to shadow judge our Worldchefs judging panel and gain valuable insights into the requirements and standards of a professional competition,” said Shonah Chalmers CCC, BSc, WCCE, HS, the president of the Culinary Federation Toronto Branch and Worldchefs Certified Judge. “By having the Worldchefs endorsement we were able to attract a national company to sponsor the competition, alleviating costs to the local chefs association. The company was engaged by having a global entity like the prestigious Worldchefs aligned with their brand. Social media had a higher uptake and more engagement than any local or National competition has had in the past.”

Chef Daniel Calabrese’s Winning Dish

Chef Calabrese impressed judges with an artful presentation that exemplified the competition’s rigorous standards. His winning dish, a creative fusion of plant-based ingredients, showcased diverse flavors, textures, and ingredients.

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Chef Daniel Calabrese took 1st place at the 2024 Worldchefs Endorsed Vegan Main Course Competition with this dish featuring a tofu, walnut and quinoa bar, potato and celeriac roll, roasted miatake mushrooms, golden beet hive, savoy cabbage, roasted red baby beets, smoked purple carrot purée, aquafaba and coconut foam, and leek oil.

His victory at the 2024 Individual Vegan Main Course Culinary Competition positions Chef Calabrese as a trailblazer in the evolving world of vegan culinary arts. Chef Calabrese also highlighted the effort and talent of his competition assistant, Young Chef Samantha Heino. “She was an absolute rockstar in the kitchen and shows great potential as a young chef and as a competitor,” said Calabrese.

Worldchefs Endorsement and Global Recognition

All competitors received an official Worldchefs digital credential for participating in a Worldchefs-endorsed competition. The highly shareable credential, issued to each participant in the form of a digital badge, highlights the importance of participating in Worldchefs-endorsed competitions for skill advancement and international recognition.

Worldchefs Regional Level Endorsement, launched in early 2024, expands access for Worldchefs’ member associations to the global quality label for culinary competitions. With benefits for event organizers and competitors, Worldchefs Endorsement unlocks global visibility, access to Worldchefs Certified Judges, game-changing digital badges, and event marketing support.

“Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee had just these type of events in mind when crafting the new regional endorsement level,” says Rick Stephen, Chairman of the committee. “Regional competitors deserve more attention and opportunities to advance, and Worldchefs Endorsement gives organizers that international visibility, access to our global network of Approved Judges, and a standard for excellence to set their competition above the rest. We can’t wait to see more from regional competitions all over the world, especially the younger generation of our industry talent like Chefs Daniel A. Calabrese, Jose Paez, and Muralitharan Thambapillai.”

Featured image: Competitors were all smiles at the 1st Annual Individual Vegan Main Course Culinary Competition, held on February 27th, 2024, at Centennial College’s culinary labs in Toronto.


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  • Tap into a global community of chefs for greater networking and business opportunities.
  • Unlock new possibilities with optional digital badging and event competition software.
  • Gain free of charge digital badges for competitors and winners with co-branding opportunities.
  • Gain access to downloadable evaluation and scoring sheets on Worldchefs website. 

Learn more and apply to endorse your competition: https://worldchefs.org/Endorsement/


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Sustainability Champions at LPU Laguna

Sustainability education is becoming increasingly important as we face new challenges due to the climate crisis. At Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) in Laguna, students are not only learning about sustainable practices—they’re also putting their knowledge into action through their participation in Worldchefs’ Feed the Planet programs.
from principles to practice

As part of the Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals initiative, LPU Laguna students undergo training in sustainable cooking techniques and work with local farmers to source seasonal, organic ingredients. The program has had a significant impact on the students, who have gained a deeper understanding of the importance of sustainable practices in the food industry. They have also developed new culinary skills and techniques that allow them to create delicious and nutritious meals using locally sourced ingredients.

Beyond the students, the benefits are far-reaching. A positive impact on the environment and the local community is clear, too. By sourcing ingredients locally, the program reduces the carbon footprint of the industry and supports local farmers, who are often small-scale and face challenges in accessing markets.

The success of Feed the Planet programs at LPU Laguna is a testament to the power of sustainability education. By providing students with the knowledge and skills to create sustainable food practices, they are not only making a positive impact on the environment, but they are also preparing for careers in the food industry that are increasingly focused on sustainability.

a feed the Planet champion

Chef John Carlo Palacol, a faculty member of LPU, is making waves as a sustainability educator, inspiring students to be responsible stewards of the environment through their love of food. Palacol, a graduate of Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management, has been teaching at LPU Laguna since 2015. With his extensive background in the food industry, he has been able to incorporate sustainability principles into his culinary classes, making sure that his and other chef instructors’ students understand the impact of their food choices on the environment.

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He’s created a waste management program that teaches aspiring culinarians to sort waste and create nutrient-rich compost, spearheaded LPU Laguna’s Eye for the Green Kitchen program that teaches students how to cook from root-to-stem using locally sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients and reduces the carbon footprint of the school’s kitchen, and mobilizing the culinary department to develop a sustainable farm, and soon a hyperlocal menus.

Palacol’s efforts in promoting sustainability have not gone unnoticed. This year he was awarded the Worldchefs’ Feed the Planet Champion Level 3 digital badge for his commitment to sustainable culinary practices.

As a sustainability educator, Palacol hopes to inspire his students to become responsible citizens and leaders in their communities. By instilling in them the values of sustainability, he believes that they can make a positive impact on the environment and create a better future for all. Chef John Carlo Palacol is a shining example of how educators can integrate sustainability principles into their teaching, inspiring students to become responsible stewards of the environment. He is a true champion of sustainability and a role model for students and educators alike.


Learn more about Worldchefs’ Feed the Planet programs at www.feedtheplanet.worldchefs.org.

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Taking Cuisine Out of this World: NASA and Worldchefs Announce New Partnership

Empowering young chefs to bring gastronomy to space exploration, Worldchefs and NASA’s Hunch program partner on the 2023 Astronaut Culinary Challenge.

Paris, 10 of November 2023 – NASA’s HUNCH program and Worldchefs have announced an exciting collaboration that gives new meaning to haute cuisine. Their partnership empowers young chefs to pioneer space-ready culinary innovations through the Astronaut Culinary Challenge.

As part of HUNCH’s culinary initiative, the Astronaut Culinary Challenge nurtures skill development and the creation of space-friendly cuisine for astronauts. Each year, culinary teams from over 30 schools craft innovative dishes based on a central theme, bringing gastronomy to space exploration.

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The HUNCH program’s mission is to inspire students through project-based, student-centric STEM learning. Participants acquire 21st-century skills and gain career-launching experiences by designing and fabricating valuable products for NASA.

Phoebus High School students prepare their dish for judging at the 2020 HUNCH Culinary Challenge at NASA Langley. Credit: NASA

Students learn about space physiology, how nutritional needs change for a body in a microgravity environment, and what to consider when food processing for space flight. Competitors then develop an entree to satisfy the nutrition needs and provide a taste experience for astronauts, ensuring that their creations adhere to the exacting standards of the NASA Johnson Space Center Food Laboratory.

The 2023 Astronaut Culinary Challenge theme is a savory breakfast item that includes a vegetable, with set nutritional guidelines including calories, fats, sodium, and fiber to ensure that astronauts launch into their day with optimal nutrition.

A preliminary round of competition will be held the first week of March, 2024. Teams who advance in the preliminary round will be invited to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for the competition final in April, where their work will be judged by Food Laboratory personnel, industry professionals, the ISS program office, and astronauts for quality, taste, and their research presented in technical paper and video presentation. The winning entree will be processed by the Johnson Space Center Food Lab and sent to the International Space Station for astronauts to savor.

“We are very happy to announce our extraordinary partnership with NASA’s HUNCH program. Together, we can empower young chefs to take their culinary talents beyond our planet’s boundaries, pioneering innovative, space-ready cuisine,” says Thomas A. Gugler, President of Worldchefs. “This partnership is a testament to our commitment to raising industry standards and inspiring the next generation of chefs to build skills for the future. One small step for chefs, one giant leap for gastronomy!”

Winners of the Astronaut Culinary Challenge will be honored at Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2024 in Singapore.


For more information on the HUNCH program, visit nasahunch.com/programs/culinary. For more on the competition guidelines of the Astronaut Culinary Challenge and how to get involved, visit the competition website.

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With over 240 member national chef associations, educational institutions, and F&B companies, Worldchefs is the global voice of culinary professionals.

Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

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