BECOME A WORLDCHEFS
CERTIFIED JUDGE

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competition standards.

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.

How to apply as a Worldchefs Certified Judge

STEP 1

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.

STEP 2

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.

STEP 3

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
Pastry Arts
Carving
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.

STEP 4

Submit your completed application form together with all of the required materials for evaluation by the CCC.
Only complete applications will be considered.

Download the application form necessary to become a Worldchefs Certified Judge.

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.

Career Path for a Worldchefs Certified Judge

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.

LEARNER JUDGES

Rookie / Learner Judge – Qualifying candidates with the necessary endorsements can serve at a Rookie / Learner Judge level. Proof of participation as a Rookie / Learner Judge at Worldchefs Endorsed Competitions can be used as supporting documents in applications for all Worldchefs Certified Judge levels. This level is by-event only; there is no application process. Interested applicants must reach out to the event organizers of a Worldchefs endorsed competition for more information on how to participate.
Guest / Sponsored Judge – Qualified chefs recognized as experts from a reputable company or institution can serve as a Guest / Sponsored Judge level. Guest / Sponsored Judges are mentored by a Worldchefs Certified Judge prior to any event. Guest / Sponsor Judges must be with a company sponsoring the competition event. Whether a Guest / Sponsored Judge’s judgement points will be incorporated into the final score is decided by the head juror of the group. This level is by-event only; there is no application process. Interested applicants representing a sponsoring partner of a Worldchefs endorsed event must reach out to the event organizers for more information on how to participate.

SPONSORED JUDGES

REGIONAL JUDGES

Worldchefs Certified Regional Judge – The Worldchefs Certified Regional Judge level is designed for culinary competition jurors with a local scope not just limited to regional areas but also International areas where your language or cuisine may be featured. This is a stepping stone to the next level.
Worldchefs Certified Continental Judge – The Worldchefs Certified Continental Judge level represents midlevel culinary professionals with some judging experience, including competitors with silver medal performance and/or a minimum of two years in a high-end restaurant environment. The Worldchefs Certified Continental Judge level has replaced the former B Judge level.

CONTINENTAL JUDGES

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES

Worldchefs Certified International Judge – The Worldchefs Certified International Judge level represents senior-level culinary professionals with advanced judging experience, including competitors with silver medal performance and/or a minimum of five years in a high-end restaurant environment. The Worldchefs Certified International Judge level has replaced the former A Judge level.
Worldchefs Honorary / Life Judge – The Worldchefs Honorary / Life Judge level is awarded by the Worldchefs President for outstanding contributions to Worldchefs and competition programs. Recipients must be in good standing as a Worldchefs Certified Judge at any level. This level is by nomination only; there is no application process.

HONORARY JUDGES

Renewal of a Worldchefs Certified Judge license

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.

GENERAL RULES FOR JUDGES

Upcoming Competition Seminars

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