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Returning 22 – 25 October 2024: FHA-HoReCa partners with Worldchefs Congress& Expo to host the acclaimed Global Chefs Challenge Finals for the first time!

  • An expansion from Food&HotelAsia (FHA), FHA-HoReCa tradeshow will take place 22-25 October 2024 in Singapore with an expected turnout of over 40,000 attendees.
  • The expo also brings with it the biggest competition for chefs, Global Chefs Challenge Finals 2024, alongside the first finals of the newest Global Vegan Chefs Challenge category.

SINGAPORE, 12th October 2023 – Come 2024, FHA-HoReCa, Asia’s most comprehensive and premier hospitality event, will partner with World Association of Chefs Societies – Worldchefs – a global leading organization that brings together global chef delegates and professionals, to host Singapore’s first-ever Global Chefs Challenge Finals.

The Global Chefs Challenge Finals will feature the top 72 chefs from 25 countries, selected based on their outstanding performance at the Worldchefs Regional Semi-Finals that took place in 2023. These culinary talents will compete head-to-head at the Global Chef Challenge Finals, scheduled to take place at the Singapore Expo from 22 October to 25, 2024.

FHA-HoReCa trade show is Asia’s most comprehensive international trade show covering 5 key segments – Bakery, Pastry & Gelato; Foodservice & Hospitality Equipment; Hospitality Style; Hospitality Technology and Specialty Coffee in a single platform. This event brings over 40,000 hospitality and foodservice professionals from around the world.

Ian Roberts, Vice President of Informa Markets said, “With the dynamic partnership of FHA-HoReCa and the Worldchefs Congress, we’re not just setting a place at the table; we’re creating a feast of innovation, excellence, and culinary mastery that will reverberate throughout the industry. In 2024, the Global Chef Challenge will ignite the culinary world, and together, we’ll redefine the art of gastronomy on a global scale, inspiring chefs, tantalizing taste buds, and shaping the future of the culinary industry like never before.”

“SCA has a strong history of partnering FHA in the organization of culinary competitions over the decades. We also have also strongly supported the Global Chefs Challenges by sending competitors. So we are pleased and excited to support this important culinary competition in our country,” says President of Singapore Chefs’ Association, Eric Neo.

Launch of Global Vegan Chefs Challenge in the Global Chefs Challenge Finals

The 2024 Global Chefs Challenge Finals will see the world’s top chefs meet to compete in four competition categories:

  • Global Vegan Chefs Challenge
  • Global Pastry Chefs Challenge
  • Global Young Chefs Challenge
  • Global Chefs Challenge

The Global Chefs Challenge Finals will see its newest category Global Vegan Chefs Challenge’s first finals. This competition features innovative chefs who will showcase vegan culinary skills. Their plates must exclude animal proteins while creatively and tastily combining key vegan ingredients.

Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler states, “The Global Vegan Chefs Challenge will be an exciting opportunity for Worldchefs members interested in expanding and showcasing their expertise and knowledge of Vegan Cuisine, and this particular category will support our mission as leaders in global culinary advancement and culinary competitions.”

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Global Chefs Challenge Finals

The Global Pastry Chefs Challenge features the crème de la crème in pastry competition. Competitors strive to meet the standards of the world’s most modern patisseries, enticing the five senses through their knowledge, extraordinary technique, and versatility.

The Global Young Chefs Challenge features emerging talents who are 25 years of age or younger. The top Young Chef winner will be awarded the Hans Bueschkens Trophy, named after Chef Hans J. Bueschkens, the former president of Worldchefs, who championed the development of programs aimed at promoting and nurturing young individuals for careers in the culinary industry.

In the Global Chefs Challenge, participants demonstrate their culinary skills in high-pressure situations, showcasing their ability to adapt under pressure. Their creations must not only be appetizing and flavorful but also exhibit exemplary plating for efficient service.

Worldchefs Congress, a Hallmark Tradition for culinary Innovators

Making its return to Singapore soil since its first exposition in Singapore in 1990, the Worldchefs Congress is set to take place in Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre across three days from 20-22 October 2024. This event is also supported by the Singapore Chefs’ Association, a chef association member of Worldchefs.

Worldchefs Congress & Expo is a biennial event and delivers a unique programme to for industry leaders to network, bond, and improve their knowledge. This includes presentations and workshops from leading experts in the industry, impactful educational programs including the Worldchefs Educators’ Forum, specialized events designed to uplift the next generation of chefs such as the Billy Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, the Global Chefs Challenge Finals culinary competition, an international trade exhibition, and diverse activities to enhance both your personal and professional network.

For full press kit, kindly refer here: https://bit.ly/FHAGlobalChefChallengeFinals

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ABOUT FHA-HORECA

FHA-HoReCa brings together the most extensive line-up of the world’s leading foodservice and hospitality suppliers through 5 specialized sectors – Bakery, Pastry & Gelato; Food service & Hospitality Equipment; Hospitality Style; Hospitality Technology and Specialty Coffee. Majority of exhibitors participating in FHA-HoReCa are renowned manufacturers and brands hailing from over 30 countries and regions.

For more information on FHA-HoReCa, kindly refer here: https://bit.ly/FHAHoReCaHome

About Worldchefs Congress & Expo

The global leading platform that brings together chef delegates and professionals from across the five continents, Worldchefs Congress & Expo delivers a unique programme to help industry players network and expand their professional bonds.

This includes presentations and workshops from leading experts in the industry, impactful educational programs including the Worldchefs Educators’ Forum, specialized events designed to uplift the next generation of chefs such as the Billy Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, the Global Chefs Challenge Finals culinary competition, an international trade exhibition, and diverse activities to enhance both your personal and professional network.

For more information on Worldchefs Congress, kindly refer here:
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Wales Wins Bid to Host Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2026

The Culinary Association of Wales Wins Bid to Host Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2026

The highly anticipated international event will welcome professional chefs from over 100 countries

Paris, December 31, 2022 – Worldchefs is proud to announce that the Culinary Association of Wales will host WorldChefs Congress & Expo 2026.

Voting was held from 27 to 30 December 2022. Rimini, Italy, hosted by Italian Chefs Federation (FIC) received 24 votes (46.15%). Newport, Wales, hosted by the Culinary Association of Wales, received 28 votes (53.85%). The Culinary Association of Wales wins with 53.85% of the vote. Full voting results can be seen here.

Since 1928, Worldchefs Congress & Expo has united a global community of chefs and cross-industry innovators to network and expand their professional bonds. The biennial international gathering has been organized in 39 cities around the world throughout its illustrious 92-year history.

A hallmark event for the hospitality industry, professional chefs from across the five continents network and expand their professional bonds at Worldchefs Congress & Expo. The unique program delivers presentations and workshops from leading experts in the industry, impactful educational programs including the Worldchefs Educators’ Forum, specialized events designed to uplift the next generation of chefs such as the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, the Global Chefs Challenge culinary competition, an international trade exhibition.

To see Wales’ Congress 2026 Full Bid, view it HERE.

To see Wales’ Congress 2026 Summary Bid, view it HERE.

For more from Wales, visit https://www.culinaryassociation.wales/worldchefscongressexpo26/.

For more on Worldchefs Congress & Expo, visit https://www.worldchefscongress.org/.


ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding 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 Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in 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 more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

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Shortlisted Destinations Announced for Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2026

Shortlisted Destinations Announced for Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2026

  • The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) has released the shortlisted countries moving forward in the bidding process to host the 2026 Worldchefs Congress & Expo
  • National Chef Associations representing Worldchefs’ international membership of more than 100 countries were invited to submit a bid to host the 2026 event. With eight applications received, Budapest, Hungary, Rimini, Italy, and Newport, Wales have been shortlisted.
  • The Worldchefs Congress & Expo is a major international event for the global culinary community, providing a unique opportunity for countries to showcase their cuisines and chef talent, boost tourism, and build future trade links.

Paris, 10 of October 2022 – The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) has announced the shortlisted countries moving forward in the bidding process to host the 2026 Worldchefs Congress & Expo

Since 1928, the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo has united a global community of chefs and cross-industry innovators to explore the past, present, and future of the culinary profession. The major international event captures the interest of the global culinary community, providing a unique opportunity for countries to showcase their cuisines and chef talent, boost tourism, and build future trade links.

National Chef Associations representing Worldchefs’ international membership of more than 100 countries were invited to submit a bid to host the Worldchefs Congress & Expo in cooperation with their national tourism and convention bureau. Eight applications were received, and the three shortlisted destinations for the Worldchefs Congress 2026 bid include:

  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Rimini, Italy
  • Newport, Wales

The Bidding Committees of these respective countries will submit a Bid Application to Worldchefs headquarters in Paris by 30 October 2022, marking the next step in the process. The winning bid will be determined by a vote by Worldchefs’ members in January 2023.

“The Congress is an important event for all chefs from across the globe, and the remarkable host cities and cultures bring so much to the program,” says Worldchefs Congress Committee Chairman Andy Cuthbert. “Our sincere appreciations to all the applicants and congratulations to the shortlisted destinations.”

Worldchefs Congress & Expo has been organized in 39 cities around the world throughout its 94-year industry-shaping history. The four-day forum brings together delegates from across the five continents to network and expand their professional bonds. The unique program delivers presentations and workshops from leading experts in the hospitality industry, impactful educational programs including the Worldchefs Educators’ Forum, specialized events designed to uplift the next generation of chefs such as the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge culinary competition, an international trade exhibition, and diverse activities to enhance both personal and professional networks.

To learn more about the bidding process and requirements for Worldchefs Congress & Expo destinations, visit https://worldchefs.org/congress-bidding/.

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ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding 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 Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in 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 more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

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Invite the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2026 to Your Country: Open for Bidding

  • The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) has opened the bidding process to host the 2026 Worldchefs Congress & Expo
  • The major international event captures the interest of the global culinary community, providing a unique opportunity for countries to showcase their cuisines and chef talent, boost tourism, and build future trade links.
  • Interested parties can download the Call for Interest Package here. The deadline to submit a letter of Interest to host the 2026 Worldchefs Congress & Expo is 15 September 2022. 

Paris, 30 of August 2022 – The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) has opened the bidding process to host the 2026 Worldchefs Congress & Expo

Since 1928, the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo has united a global community of chefs and cross-industry innovators to explore the past, present, and future of the culinary profession. The major international event captures the interest of the global culinary community, providing a unique opportunity for countries to showcase their cuisines and chef talent, boost tourism, and build future trade links.

“This is a thrilling opportunity not to be missed,” says Worldchefs Congress Committee Chairman Andy Cuthbert. “Hosting a Worldchefs Congress increases the prestige and awareness of a country’s culinary traditions and has huge potential for driving tourism. We look forward to reviewing the submissions from our National Chef Association members.”

National Chef Associations representing Worldchefs’ international membership of more than 100 countries are invited to submit a bid to host the Worldchefs Congress & Expo in cooperation with their national tourism and convention bureau. Interested parties can download the Call for Interest Package here, with the below application and decision timeline:

  • 15 September 2022: Deadline to submit a Letter of Interest
  • 30 September 2022: Announcement of short-listed candidates
  • 30 October 2022: Deadline to submit a Bid Application
  • 15 January 2023 (TBC): Date of online voting; Bid Presentation and Final Decision 

Applications are open to active Worldchefs National Association members with the endorsement of their country’s tourism and trade events agency. The winning bid will be determined by a vote by Worldchefs’ members.

Worldchefs Congress & Expo is a hallmark tradition of Worldchefs, and has been organized in 39 cities around the world throughout its 94-year industry-shaping history. The four-day forum brings together delegates from across the five continents to network and expand their professional bonds. The unique program delivers presentations and workshops from leading experts in the hospitality industry, impactful educational programs including the Worldchefs Educators’ Forum, specialized events designed to uplift the next generation of chefs such as the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge culinary competition, an international trade exhibition, and diverse activities to enhance both personal and professional networks.

“Congress brings together chefs from all around the globe. As we begin the bidding process, we hope many member countries seize the chance to bid for this important event,” says Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler. “The culinary world will be watching and waiting for the next great city to host the 2026 Worldchefs Congress & Expo.” The 2024 Worldchefs Congress & Expo will be held in Singapore, hosted by the Singapore Chefs Association. 

To learn more about the bidding process and requirements, download the Call for Interest Package: https://wacs.egnyte.com/fl/HOVMZuHcKK.

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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 Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in 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 more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

For press and media inquiries
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39th Worldchefs Congress & Expo: United Professionals Rise Together

39th Worldchefs Congress & Expo: United Professionals Rise Together

  • The 39th Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 was held in Abu Dhabi from 30 May to 2 June.
  • One of the largest chef gatherings globally since the pandemic, the highly anticipated event welcomed international industry professionals from over seventy countries for a four-day event addressing the current challenges and future needs of the industry.
  • In collaboration with the 25th Emirates International Salon Culinaire, the Expo brought together more than 5,200 attendees and 347 companies to showcase food, drink, equipment, services, skills, and education.

Paris, 15 of June 2022 – A hallmark industry tradition since 1928, Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 concluded last week following four days of industry networking, educational workshops, and expert-led sessions on the future of hospitality. The biennial event, held this year in the United Arab Emirates, drew attendees from around the globe to the nation’s capital. The event ran from 30 May to 2 June at the award-winning Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

One of the largest chef gatherings globally since the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated event welcomed international industry professionals from over seventy countries under the banner of Rise Together. The 2022 Worldchefs Congress & Expo saw strong attendance reflecting its international mandate and membership, with 44 percent of delegates from the Middle East and Africa regions, 33 percent traveling from Europe, 15 percent from Asia, and 8 percent from the Americas. The diverse career profiles of attendees were led by 67% professional chefs, followed by F&B managers and owners (16%), industry procurement professionals (11%), and distribution and supply experts (6%).

The four-day line-up included expert speakers, the Billy Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, intense culinary competition at the Global Chefs Challenge arena, and the region’s singular HORECA sector trade exposition featuring global brands.

New Titleholder of World’s Best Chef

A highlight at the 2022 Worldchefs Congress & Expo, the Global Chefs Challenge brought together the world’s top chefs and emerging culinary talent to test their skills on a global stage. Representing their respective countries and culinary teams, the world’s most promising chefs gave their best in the competition kitchens and at the judging table. The full competition results and ranking have been announced.

Chef Marco Tomasi of Italy now holds the title of Worlds Best Chef. Italy, Singapore, and Norway won Gold in the Global Chefs Challenge Final’s three competition categories: Global Chefs Challenge, the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, and the Global Young Chefs Challenge.

World-Class Expo: Emirates International Salon Culinaire

In collaboration with the 25th Emirates International Salon Culinaire (ExpoCulinaire), the Worldchefs Congress & Expo brought together more than 5,200 ExpoCulinaire attendees and 347 companies to showcase food, drink, equipment, services, skills, and education.

A Resounding Success

The 2022 Worldchefs Congress & Expo marks the second hosting efforts by the Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), having hosted the 2008 Worldchefs Congress & Expo in Dubai. “It means everything to us,” says Uwe Micheel, President of the Emirates Culinary Guild. “I think we have the most important scene this year. When we say Rise Together, it is at the same time about sustainability, about the foods of the future, which is so important to us in the years to come. But when you speak to our friends here, the most important part of this event is to see everyone again, to be together.”

“For the Young Chefs here at Congress, it is very special,” says Alan Orreal, Chairman of the Young Chef Development Committee. “The Young Chefs that come to Congress have an extraordinary passport to the culture of any city that we go to. They are coming out with a renewed sense of information and learning about what they’ve been doing. Congress is a forum for the conversations that we have to listen to as an industry, and we’re trying to give Young Chefs the tools that they need so they can move forward successfully.”

Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler extended a heartfelt thank you to all the participants. “After nearly four years, having so many chefs and culinarians from all around the world back here with us in Abu Dhabi is amazing. We’ve seen so many nice happy faces,” he remarks. “You can see the excitement, the smile, and the hunger to exchange the last four-year experiences with our colleagues and friends. We are so proud that so many made it here to Abu Dhabi despite all the difficulties we are still going through.” Gugler proudly presented the Worldchefs 2022 Awards, Medals & Recognitions to members, sponsors and partners at the event for their outstanding efforts and contributions to Worldchefs.

Day 1 – Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 – Welcome by H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Al Mheiri

“It was a 360-degree Congress,” says Ragnar Fridriksson, Worldchefs Managing Director. Planning has already begun for the next biennial Congress, taking place in Singapore in 2024. Chef Eric Neo, President of the Singapore Chefs’ Association, says “This is a milestone for the Singapore Chefs’ Association. Singapore was the first country in Asia to host the Worldchefs Congress in 1990 and it made history. Since then, Singapore has changed so much, especially in the world of food & beverage. We believe we have a lot to offer the world of chefs with our culinary scene and heritage, and we cannot wait to show them what we have.”

For the latest updates from Worldchefs, visit www.worldchefs.org.

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ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding 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 Hospitality Certification recognising on-the-job skills in 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 more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

For press and media inquiries
[email protected]

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Worldchefs President Presents 2022 Awards, Medals and Recognitions

Worldchefs President Presents 2022 Awards, Medals and Recognitions

Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler proudly presented the Worldchefs 2022 Awards, Medals & Recognitions to Members, Sponsors and Partners for their outstanding efforts and contributions to Worldchefs over the past 2 years. All recipients were acknowledged at the General Meeting and Gala Dinner during Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. See Worldchefs Medals & Awards                                     

The Humanitarian Award was also presented by President Thomas Gugler to Bernd Breiter in Frankfurt, Germany onthe BigCityBeats Stage at the World Space Club Kitchen. More details to  follow.

2022 Awards, Medals & Recognitions

Humanitarian Award: Bernd Breiter, World Space Club Kitchen

Education Award: Benny Dong (China) and Roxy Ji (China)

Communication Award: Georg Detroy, AMT World’s Best Pan  

Lifetime Achievement Award: Gert Klozke (Sweden)

Escoffier Award: Anton Mosimann (Switzerland)

President Award: Andrey Magaletskiy (Ukraine)

Partnership Award: Koppert Cress

Partnership Award: HUG AG

Young Chefs Development Award: Nestle Professional

Sustainability Partnership Award: Electrolux

Worldchefs Honorary Lifetime Judge: Hilmar Bragi Jonsson (Iceland)

Worldchefs Honorary Judge Recognition: Bernd Uber (Australia) and Iztok Legat (Slovenia)

President’s Medals were also presented to Maria Shramko (Iceland/Ukraine), Josephine Cuthbert (UAE), Gunther-Heinz Zucchelli (Austria), Zoran Miskovic (Serbia), Dimuthu Kumarasinghe (Sri Lanka), Khandsuren Natsag (Mongolia), Teodor Stoleru (Romania), Ahmad Shafiq (Pakistan), Hossam Soliman (Egypt), Wajdy Al Ghabban (Saudi Arabia), Kurt Scheller (Poland), Elia Nora Rodriguez (Venezuela), Veselina Slavcheva (Bulgaria), Joumana Dammous Salame (Lebanon), Tom Atle Steffensen (Norway), Adrijana Alacki (Macedonia), Andres Atapoma in Memorium (Peru), Hazel Mulberry (Scotland), Jugesh Arora (India), Wolfgang Roessler in Memorium (Canada) and Stefan Bercea (Romania).

President Thomas Gugler extended a “Heartfelt Congratulations to all the 2022 Recipients! Thank you to everyone for your ongoing contributions to Worldchefs and our global society.”

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ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding 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 Hospitality Certification recognising on-the-job skills in 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 more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

For press and media inquiries
[email protected]

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Meet the Competitors: Global Chefs Challenge at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022

Representing their respective countries and culinary teams, the world’s most promising chefs will experience four days of intense competition at the Global Chefs Challenge Finals during Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 in Abu Dhabi, 30 May to 2 June.

Let’s meet some of the Global Chefs Challenge competitors. Who will take home the prized trophy and title of Worlds Best Chef?

Chef Simo Oskari Pietarinen

  • Country: Finland
  • Position: Head Chef at Restaurant W30

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

After two hard years, to finally meet chefs from around the globe to network and mingle.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Remember your training and be yourself. Trust your assistant.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

My favorite recipe to prep is a good chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream.

Chef Balázs Adamek

  • Country: Hungary
  • Position: Chef at Restaurant Diófa

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

Being a maximalist in my work, I expect the best results from myself, the competition.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

If you want to compete in an international competition, I recommend that you compare your skills in as many competitions as possible. Learn, improve yourself and trust yourself to be able to do it.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

I don’t really have a preference among the plates to prepare. I love all of them, just a bit more the meats.

What does competing in the Global Chefs Challenge mean to you?

It is a great honor for me to have this opportunity to participate, to represent my country and my profession in such a monumental event and top prestige competition. I have already participated in several international competitions, but the GCC is always the greatest challenge of my life.

Chef Alan Fitzmaurice

  • Country: Ireland
  • Position: Executive Chef at The Glasshouse Hotel

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

I’m really looking forward to the meeting and the comradeship between Chef and competitors.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Practice, Practice & Practice.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

More and more its simple recipes, with good ingredients cooked with family or friends.

Favorite quote?

“If you don’t give up, you can never be defeated.” – Rob Heffernan, Irish race walking Olympian.

Chef Marco Tomasi

  • Country: Italy
  • Position: Head Chef at Cucina Tomasi

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

I expect a lot of emotion and determination, with the hope of bringing home a great result.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Try to dream and chase your dreams. Sacrifice and hard work always pay off.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

All those dishes linked to traditions and family, as well as rich in taste; full of love, memories and emotions.

What is your source of inspiration?

My source of inspiration is my grandfather Alberto Tomasi. He is 82 years old and he is a carving chef. Even today he continues to challenge himself, because in life you never stop learning.

Don’t miss all the action at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022. With the backdrop of this historic reunion event, the Global Chefs Challenge Finals brings the world’s top chefs and emerging culinary talent to test their skills on a global stage.

Register now and expand your professional bonds in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30 May to 2 June 2022.

Learn more about the program and keynote speakers at www.worldchefscongress.org/speaker.

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Meet the Competitors: Global Chefs Challenge at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022

Representing their respective countries and culinary teams, the world’s most promising chefs will experience four days of intense competition at the Global Chefs Challenge Finals during Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 in Abu Dhabi, 30 May to 2 June.

Let’s meet some of the Global Chefs Challenge competitors. Who will take home the prized trophy and title of Worlds Best Chef?

Chef Matthew Lee

  • Country: Australia
  • Position: Chef at Restaurant Dan Arnold

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

I believe the Worldchefs Congress and Global Chefs Challenge offer incredible value to chefs like myself, the opportunity to compete and represent Australia alongside leaders in the hospitality industry, a career-changing experience.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

I would encourage chefs to be involved in local and international competitions to gain experience, knowledge, and confidence within the unique environment.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

My favorite recipe is cooking paella on the firepit with the amazing local seafood Queensland has to offer.

Can you share an inspiring quote?

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” — My grandfather, Kevin Kable.

Chef Sam Van Houcke

  • Country: Belgium
  • Position: Chef and Co-Owner of Restaurant Maste and Mastel Bakery

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

Competing in an international culinary competition is a challenge. I love the thrill of the sprint in comparison with the marathon that Chefs do every day again in their restaurants. Being part of an international community is also a unique experience.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Go for it, give it your 100%, know that competing asks a lot of you (and your team) but one day your efforts will be rewarded, so don’t give up.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

Can’t choose. It goes from traditional pasta to creating new dishes.

Can you share an inspiring quote?

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”

Chef Jan Horký

  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Position: Executive Chef at Hotel Nautilus

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

I look forward to seeing the colleagues we meet at world competitions. Of course, I’m looking forward to showing what we’ve trained.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Don’t underestimate practicing all the steps of food preparation. I’ve been competing for over 20 years. In that time, I know that without proper training it is impossible to think of a good result.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

I like working with fish, so any fine fish dish.

Can you share a fun fact about your career?

In 2018, I prepared a meal for President Obama and twelve other Presidents at the U.S. Embassy, selected from my menu at Golden Prague. I have also made dinner for the Spanish princess.

Don’t miss all the action at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022. With the backdrop of this historic reunion event, the Global Chefs Challenge Finals brings the world’s top chefs and emerging culinary talent to test their skills on a global stage.

Register now and expand your professional bonds in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30 May to 2 June 2022.

Learn more about the program and keynote speakers at www.worldchefscongress.org/speaker.

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Meet Nicolas Decloedt: Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022

Nicolas Decloedt is bringing plant-based cuisine to new heights. Awarded a Michelin Green Star in 2021 and voted Best Vegetable Chef of 2019 by the renowned culinary guide Gault & Millau, his restaurant humus x hortense was voted the world’s Best Vegan Restaurant, ranks 9 of the Top 100 Best Vegetables Restaurants worldwide by We’re Smart World, and was awarded with 3 toques by Good Food (Brussels), the highest achievement for a sustainable restaurant.

At Worldchefs Congress 2022, he’s bringing a love for nature to the table, showing how vegetable and plant varieties can offer a wealth of inspiration.

Tell us a bit about your cooking demo, Evolution in the Future of Gastronomy: We’re Smart Green Guide:

We will reveal how we work with vegetables and how we bring them to another level.

Why should chefs attend Worldchefs Congress 2022?

To broaden their horizon.

What advice do you have for young chefs today?

Be curious. No prejudices.

Any final words of wisdom?

“If it is worth the going, it is worth the ride.” – Tom Waits

Don’t miss the biennial event for industry leaders and culinary innovators. Register now for Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and expand your professional bonds in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30 May to 2 June 2022.

Learn more about Chris and our other keynote speakers at www.worldchefscongress.org/speaker.

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Meet Christopher Koetke: Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022

Christopher Koetke is an umami expert and so much more. For well over 3 decades. He’s worked in some of the finest kitchens in the US, France, and Switzerland, and taught at world-class institutions around the globe.

At Worldchefs Congress 2022, he’s taking us through the intersection of science and taste to demystify this often misunderstood 5th taste.

Tell us a bit about your presentation, Harnessing the Art and Science of Umami to Make Superlative Cuisine.

While umami is our fifth taste, it is less commonly understood than the other 4 basic tastes. At the same time, it has significant potential to unleash new and deeper levels of flavor in your cuisine.  Join me for an in-depth look at the science behind umami and the art of using it consciously and in balance with other tastes. This presentation will deepen your knowledge of umami and provide ideas and insight for your cooking.

What will be the key takeaways?

  • the science behind umami
  • the art of balancing umami with other flavors
  • how to unleash new and deeper levels of flavor in your cooking

Why should chefs attend Worldchefs Congress 2022?

It has simply been too long since we have all been together. We crave human connection and seeing friends and colleagues in person and not via zoom. It is also a great opportunity to learn from true experts and deepen the knowledge of our global impact.

What advice do you have for young chefs today?

Talk to everyone! Introduce yourself. You will see that there are many professionals who are deeply committed to your success and are happy to provide guidance, etc. Get lots of business cards and follow them up after the Congress. 

Any final words of wisdom?

We need to always keep a focus on sustainability and act as professionals. With every passing day, it is more urgent.

Don’t miss the biennial event for industry leaders and culinary innovators. Register now for Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and expand your professional bonds in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30 May to 2 June 2022.

Learn more about Chris and our other keynote speakers at www.worldchefscongress.org/speaker.

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