Worldchefs maintains a directory of carefully evaluated judges. Worldchefs Certified Judges ensure that a fair and consistent level is achieved around the world with specific and measured judging criteria along with standardized competition rules and guidelines.
Make sure you meet the basic requirements. Requirements to Become a Worldchefs Certified Judge:
• You must be an active member of your own national chefs association.
• You are required to have the seal and signature of your national association’s president.
• Your national association must be a current financial member of Worldchefs and in good standing with Worldchefs.
• You must be a qualified chef, who is currently working in the following fields: Chef in a hotel, restaurant, or institutional catering; Food Service Manager after completing chef training; Chef Educator
• You must have taken part in qualifying Worldchefs Competition Seminar in the last five (5) years.
• You must be able to understand basic English.
Identify the right Worldchefs Certified Judging level for you by reading the Application Form (link). In the form, you will find all the information on rules, requirements, and what evidence you need to provide with your application.
Attending a specialized Worldchefs Competition Seminar (link) is a mandatory part of an application to become a Worldchefs Certified Judge. A certificate of participation in the following Competition Seminars can be submitted as one of the required application credentials for the corresponding judging category:
Culinary Arts / Hot Kitchen
Community Kitchen / Military
Vegan / Plant Based Cuisine
Worldchefs organizes Competition Seminars to support the highest standards in culinary competitions and juries with opportunities for skills development in culinary competition judging. Worldchefs member associations, schools, and organizers of endorsed events can also license and conduct Competition Seminars, for the benefit of all chefs in their network.
Submit your completed application form together with all of the required materials for evaluation by the CCC.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Please note, attending a Competition Seminar is one part of the process, and does not automatically qualify attendees as Worldchefs Certified Judges.
The following Seminar categories are eligible for inclusion in a Certified Judge application: Culinary Arts & Hot Kitchen, Pastry Arts, Community Catering, Carving and Vegan. Introduction to Competition Standards is not eligible for inclusion in an application to be a Certified Judge.
Applicants MUST fulfill all criteria laid out in the application form and provide evidence where requested. All the requirements for becoming a Worldchefs Certified Judge can be found in the application form below.
The application fee is 50 € as 1st January 2019. It is nonrefundable. Applicant shall make sure all the required evidence is provided.
Renewal of the judging license is free of charge.
Worldchefs judging levels were designed by the Culinary Competition Committee (CCC) to advance standards of excellence built on professionalism, leadership, and collaboration.
Applicants can progress through the judging levels over the course of their career and culinary competition experience to reflect their commitment and expertise in the field.
In order to maintain their judging license, Worldchefs Certified Judges are required to attend a Competition Seminar every five (5) years. They will receive a reminder from Worldchefs office one (1) year ahead of expiration and must complete the renewal application form and process. The renewal request is then reviewed by the CCC.
If you allow your license period to elapse, you will have to start the application procedure again.
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