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.
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.
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.
Attending a specialized Worldchefs Competition Seminar 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
• Community Kitchen / Military
• Vegan / Plant Based Cuisine
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.
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 € and it is nonrefundable. The applicant shall make sure all the required evidence is provided.
Renewal of the judging license is free of charge.
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.
Once you’ve been granted a Worldchefs Certified Judge License, you will receive a Worldchefs Credential; a digital badge that translates qualifications and capabilities into verified skills. Furthermore, each time you judge in a Worldchefs Endorsed Competition, you will be issued event specific digital badges.
Digital badges represent concrete evidence of learning outcomes and achievements, allowing earners to showcase their skills confidently. With secure digital verification, each credential can be verified in real-time, providing the proof needed to build a professional profile to propel opportunities and unlock careers. Digital badges can be easily shared online to social media, linked on a resume, or embedded on a website to showcase your experience.