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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.

Founded in 1928, the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) represents the largest international membership of food and beverage professionals dedicated to raising industry standards.
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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High School Students Look to Improve Astronauts’ Palates, Workspaces via HUNCH Program. Credit: NASA

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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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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.

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2024 Gelato World Cup Introduces New Format and Worldchefs Partnership

Making the world of gelato even sweeter, the 2024 Gelato World Cup introduces new format and Worldchefs partnership, with culinary excellence and global camaraderie set to take center stage in 2024.
  • The Gelato World Cup and the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) have formed a collaborative partnership, with the 10th Gelato World Cup set to take place in January 2024 in Rimini, Italy.
  • The 2024 Gelato World Cup will feature teams from five continents competing in various gastronomic trials, fostering culinary excellence and international camaraderie.
  • Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

Paris, 2 of October 2023 – The Gelato World Cup, the world’s benchmark event for artisan gelato, and the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) have announced a new collaborative partnership. The 10th Gelato World Cup, also known as Coppa del Mondo della Gelateria, will be held as part of SIGEP – International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery, and Bakery, The Dolce World Expo, at the Rimini Exhibition Centre from January 20 to 24 2024.

Since its inception in 2003, this biennial competition has consistently been a highlight of SIGEP, eagerly anticipated by gelato artisans, pastry chefs, and ice sculptors from across the globe. At the core of this prestigious competition are the principles of integrity, professionalism, and fairness, which extend to all nations participating. The event enjoys the invaluable support of a World Committee of Honour, comprised of some of the world’s most eminent gelato experts. It is organized collaboratively by SIGEP – Italian Exhibition Group Spa and Gelato e Cultura s.r.l.

Breaking new ground, the 2024 Gelato World Cup introduces a new format with teams representing five continents engaging in a demanding gastronomic challenge. After intense national and continental trials, the crème de la crème from each continent will converge in Rimini to compete in five distinct trials: Gelato, Pastry and Chocolate Making, Ice Sculpture, and Haute Cuisine.

Leading up to the main event in January 2024, countries around the world will host their own national selections, contributing to the anticipation and excitement. European contestants will vie for their place in the competition during the European selection rounds in 2023.

“We are proud to enter into this exciting collaboration with the Gelato World Cup, an event that provides such a great opportunity for competition excellence and international camaraderie,” says Ragnar Fridriksson, Worldchefs Managing Director. “We share a common commitment to enhancing the excellence of global cuisines and providing opportunities for culinary professionals in all sectors. We look forward to January 2024!”

Stay tuned for more from the 2024 Gelato World Cup, where culinary excellence takes center stage in a truly international showcase of talent and innovation.

Visit www.gelatoworldcup.com for more information.

Founded in 1928, the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) represents the largest international membership of food and beverage professionals dedicated to raising industry standards.
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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Elevating Culinary Excellence: Alto-Shaam’s Partnership with Worldchefs Spurs Innovation

Elevating culinary ventures around the globe, Alto-Shaam joins forces with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) for innovation and excellence.
  • Alto-Shaam, the world-class provider of innovative and dependable foodservice kitchen solutions, has joined the largest culinary trade association as a Worldchefs Global Partner.
  • Servicing 90+ countries with award-winning USA-brand equipment, Alto-Shaam has driven confidence and innovation in foodservice through intuitive, dependable designs and investments in advanced technologies, amplifying returns on investment for culinary professionals.
  • Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

Paris, 17 of August 2023 – Leading foodservice equipment brand Alto-Shaam and the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) have announced a new global partnership

Alto-Shaam

This partnership will cultivate growth and innovative approaches for the chef community, sharing Alto-Shaam’s wealth of educational and informative content.

Since 1955, Alto-Shaam has pioneered innovative foodservice kitchen solutions, fostering operational confidence among its customers. Alto-Shaam’s dedication empowers culinary professionals to embrace creativity, opening avenues for profitable growth. The brand’s designs are distinguished by intuitive efficiency and reliability, amplifying returns on investment while elevating culinary offerings.

“We are proud to welcome Alto-Shaam, a longstanding industry ally, to our global network,” says Ragnar Fridriksson, Worldchefs Managing Director. “Alto-Shaam’s comprehensive suite of commercial kitchen equipment solutions is tailored to the specific needs of professional kitchens, helping to propel businesses forward. Backed by world-class service, training, and support, Alto-Shaam’s reliable products consistently deliver. That’s why they are a natural fit as a Worldchefs Trusted Brand.”

Alto-Shaam aims to provide customers with a partnership that feels like family. This goal is underscored by a suite of cutting-edge kitchen solutions and prioritized customer support. From seamless installation to comprehensive training, Alto-Shaam is positioned to meet the unique and shifting needs that culinary professionals require. The brand engineers commercial foodservice equipment with dependability to unlock creative and fiscal potential, from high-volume food production to small space operations. Alto-Shaam’s diverse range of solutions ensures impeccable food preparation, holding, chilling, and display, setting the stage for a thriving foodservice operation.

Most recently, Alto-Shaam will be releasing webinars detailing informative and fresh opportunities for the chef community.

Situated in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Alto-Shaam’s headquarters and manufacturing hub drive the production of USA-made foodservice equipment solutions distributed across more than 90 countries. Ongoing investments in cutting-edge technologies like robotics and automation highlight Alto-Shaam’s dedication to achieving excellence within the foodservice industry.

Alto-Shaam’s dedication to customer satisfaction has earned consistent industry recognition. The brand earns accolades for its quality, design, and innovation, validating Alto-Shaam’s journey as a manufacturer and industry trailblazer, celebrated for exceptional contributions to the foodservice sector.

Visit www.alto-shaam.com for more information on their products.

Founded in 1928, the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) represents the largest international membership of food and beverage professionals dedicated to raising industry standards.
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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A Visionary Disruptor in the World of Tea: Celebrating the Life of Merrill J. Fernando

In Memoriam: Merrill J. Fernando, A Visionary Disruptor in the World of Tea

Merrill J. Fernando, the visionary founder of Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company, passed away at the age of 93 surrounded by family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy and life story marked by empathy, ambition, and action.

In the early 1950s following Sri Lankan independence, Merrill J. Fernando experienced a defining moment. Selected to be trained as a tea taster—a profession previously reserved for British nationals only—he was one of the first Sri Lankans to be sent to Mincing Lane in London. Considered the “Mecca” of the tea world, there he witnessed the disproportional benefits reaped by multinational corporations importing his country’s prized herb.

A young man with a big dream, he set out to create his own brand with a commitment to quality, ethics, and authenticity. From that time, Merrill dedicated his life to building a company that would serve more than tea, making business a matter of human service.

“He resolved to establish his own brand, to offer tea that would be handpicked, handmade and of the highest quality, with the assurance of natural goodness, and a genuine commitment to caring for workers and the environment. It was a dream that none had dared to dream,” said his sons Dilhan and Malik Fernando, who took over the company in 2005.

Dilmah has expanded to over 100 countries, maintaining its founding commitment to quality and integrity. Fernando founded the MJF Charitable Foundation in 2003, sharing a minimum of 15% of Dilmah’s profits to serve communities across Sri Lanka through projects that support the most marginalized. In 2007, he established Dilmah Conservation with a focus on promoting conservation and sustainable agriculture. These commitments have generated over $40 million in direct humanitarian aid and environmental interventions.

The Dilmah School of Tea receivesd Worldchefs certification in 2016.
The Dilmah School of Tea received Worldchefs certification in 2016.

Dilmah’s Empower Culinary Hospitality and Inspirational School’s culinary course was recognized and certified by Worldchefs in January 2017. An initiative by MJF, its mission was born from Merrill’s belief in giving back. With the invaluable knowledge and skills acquired through the training course, the school hopes to provide its students with employment opportunities as future chefs in the tourism and hospitality sector, in both local and international kitchens, bakeries, and patisseries.

Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J. Fernando was honored by Worldchefs with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Merrill was honored by Worldchefs with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Merrill was a recipient of many prestigious honors, including Worldchefs Lifetime Achievement Award,  for his philosophy on humanitarian service and building a business at the intersection of passion and purpose.

“His achievement in disrupting an exploitative colonial industry irrevocably changed the lives of producers around the world introducing a paradigm shift in ethical business before ethics and sustainable business acquired the prominence they have now,” a statement read on the Dilmah website.

Merrill’s devotion and urgency changed the world. His legacy, deeply rooted in compassion and genuine concern for humanity, continues to inspire generations of tea enthusiasts and industry leaders alike.

The Worldchefs’ community deeply mourns his passing, touched by his unwavering integrity and indomitable passion. A true icon and a valued partner, for over a decade Merrill has been an extraordinary collaborator. Dilmah’s continued support for chefs and hospitality professionals worldwide has been immense. Merrill’s vision and passion have left an indelible mark, and we at Worldchefs are honored to have been a part of his remarkable journey.

Merrill J. Fernando addressed the main forum at Worldchefs Congress in 2016.
Merrill J. Fernando addressed the main forum at Worldchefs Congress in 2016.

“With great sorrow, I have to say a last goodbye to Merrill, with whom I had so many great experiences and missions, a man with an outstanding character, a heart full of gold, a passion for the culinary industry, a great father and loving husband,” said Worldchefs President Thomas A. Gugler. “Dilmah Tea’s and Worldchefs worked together over many years to place Sri Lankan teas on the great world map of culinary arts and cooking competitions. Continuously this bond has developed further and further. My heartfelt condolences to Dilhan and all his family, friends, culinary colleagues, members of the Dilmah organization, and everyone who knew him personally. I would like you to know that you have left a big legacy behind you, which will always be remembered.”

Merrill’s legacy will continue to inspire generations of tea enthusiasts and hospitality professionals, and his spirit will forever be present in the world of tea and culinary excellence. We raise our cuppas to celebrate the life of a true changemaker.

In 2020, Worldchefs interviewed Merrill to explore his approach to “making business a matter of human service”. Hear more about his exceptional life on Worldchefs Podcast: World on a Plate. Listen to the episode, A Live Devoted to Tea, above.

Let us be reminded by Merrill’s iconic slogan – “Do Try It” – to approach challenges and opportunities with the willingness to try, to help, and to dream.

Learn more about Merrill’s legacy at mjf.dilmahtea.com.

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Pioneering the Future of Flavor: Griffith Foods and Worldchefs Renew Partnership 

Pioneering the Future of Flavor: Griffith Foods and Worldchefs Renew Partnership 

  • Griffith Foods has renewed as a Worldchefs Global Partner. As a family business for more than 100 years, Griffith Foods is known for their industry expertise, comprehensive global insights, collaborative partnerships, and purpose-driven passion. With an aim to shape the future of food, Griffith Foods is a key supporter of Feed the Planet sustainability initiatives to equip chefs with the flavors and tools to set a better course for the future. 
  • Custom Culinary, a business entity of Griffith Foods, offers products that are developed with a team of award-winning chefs, delivering culinary expertise to innovative flavor research with purpose. They offer culinary versatility in convenient formats, delivering authentic flavor and creating better food, value, and relationships to the industry.
  • Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

Paris, 3 of July 2023 – Griffith Foods, a world-class family-owned global developer and manufacturer of customized food ingredient solutions, has renewed as a Worldchefs Global Partner. Founded in 1919, Griffith Foods is guided by their Purpose of “We Blend Care and Creativity to Nourish the World”. The company’s product capabilities range from seasonings and breading, to marinades and sauces blended to exacting specification that are culturally authentic, taste great and are wholesome.

Throughout their 70-year history, Custom Culinary, part of the Griffith Foods family, has maintained a singular mission: to provide foodservice and food processing professionals with true, real, and authentic flavor solutions. Today, Custom Culinary’s solution-driven approach offers culinary versatility in convenient formats, delivering a portfolio of products made with the finest ingredients to ensure exceptional flavor and dependable performance to save time and improve consistency.

A culinary-centric organization, Custom Culinary products are developed with a team of award-winning chefs, bringing culinary expertise and an appreciation for global and regional influences, local sourcing, and cleaner ingredient statements to the table. Combining food science, technology, and the culinary arts, Custom Culinary draws on emerging trends and culinary insights from across their global network to create customized solutions the industry.

Key supporters and collaborators of Worldchefs’ Feed the Planet programs, Griffith Foods and Custom Culinary understand their critical role in addressing food waste and sustainability, working across the food ecosystem to deliver on the company’s sustainability journey and commitments. Leveraging the passion of their dynamic teams, the teams weave culinary inspiration, a focus on nutrition, and a sustainable mindset into each product to support culinary professionals and nourish the world. 

“Custom Culinary has been a natural partner for Worldchefs in their commitment to helping culinary professionals perfect the art of flavorful food with purpose,” says Ragnar Fridriksson, Worldchefs Managing Director. “Their support of Feed the Planet programs, culinary competitions, and their understanding of industry and consumer trends all reflect the dedication of their global team to building a better food future. We are delighted to continue our partnership and look forward to what is to come.”

Visit https://griffithfoods.com/ and www.customculinary.global for industry resources and more information on their product portfolio.

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

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A culinary dream that came true

A culinary dream that came true

From a young dreamer to a creator of culinary art… this is young Azradeen’s awe-inspiring culinary journey. His story in which he allowed his dreams to lead him rather than allowing his hurdles to push them.

Learn more about Azradeen’s culinary journey below:


ABOUT DILMAH TEA

Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah, was established by Merrill J. Fernando to bring quality, Single Origin Ceylon Tea, garden fresh and unblended, to tea drinkers around the world. His Dilmah Tea brand was the first genuinely ethical tea brand, bringing a smile to the faces of the underprivileged in Sri Lanka, whilst giving consumers quality, authenticity and natural goodness in their cup of tea.


BECOME A WORLDCHEFS PARTNER

Partner with Worldchefs to get connected with our international membership of professional associations, hospitality schools, and companies around the globe.

Learn more about our partnership opportunities here.

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 A New Ingredient in the Mix: Anchor Food Professionals and Worldchefs Announce Global Partnership 

A New Ingredient in the Mix: Anchor Food Professionals and Worldchefs Announce Global Partnership 

  • Anchor Food Professionals has joined the largest culinary trade association as a Worldchefs Global Partner and official dairy sponsor of Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2024.
  • As a part of Fonterra brand, a co-operatively owned global dairy company from New Zealand, Anchor Food Professionals creates high quality, fit-for-purpose products and solutions for foodservice professionals in over 50 countries.
  • Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

Paris, 29 of May 2023 – Anchor Food Professionals and Worldchefs have announced a new global partnership. Joining as a Worldchefs Global Partner, Anchor Food Professionals is now the official dairy sponsor of Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2024. A part of Fonterra, a co-operatively owned global dairy company from New Zealand, Anchor Food Professionals creates high quality, fit-for-purpose products and solutions for foodservice professionals in over 50 countries. 

The partnership marks a key opportunity for collaboration in culinary expertise and trends with the largest international culinary trade association. Putting the brand’s New Zealand dairy heritage and experience to good use, Anchor Food Professionals expands their insights for kitchens large and small around the world while showcasing grass-fed, natural dairy nutrition; free from GMO, growth hormones and antibiotics*. 

Anchor Food Professionals works with customers to help improve their products and grow their businesses. The company’s Global Advisory Chefs provide technical knowledge, develop new products, provide menu ideation and deliver first-hand experience of busy kitchens to help customers gain a competitive edge. Through industry insights and world-leading research and innovation, Anchor Food Professionals continuously introduce new dairy ingredients and service solutions that help meet the demands of today’s foodservice professionals.

Steven Ong, Global Advisory Chef for Anchor Food Professionals

“I’m super excited about our partnership with Worldchefs—the World Association of Chefs’ Societies—as it’s the global authority of the culinary industry,” says Steven Ong, Global Advisory Chef for Anchor Food Professionals. “With Worldchefs, we get the opportunity for prominent visibility, raising our profile in front of a captivated audience of chefs through more than 110 member countries on all continents. We will also be able to showcase our premium AFP products to a targeted audience of chefs and gastronomy opinion leaders by being the ‘Worldchefs most trusted dairy brand.’”

“The world of food is constantly evolving, and it is rare to find a company that has made the intentional choice to dedicate resources to really learning with and listening to food service professionals,” says Rick Stephen, Chairman of Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee and former Continental Director for Asia. “We welcome their chefs to our international network and look forward to meeting them in kitchens around the globe.”

By adding Anchor Food Professional’s cream and butter into the mix at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2024 in Singapore, thousands of the world’s best chefs will experience world-leading products at trade events, global showcases, and more.

Visit www.anchorfoodprofessionals.com for more information on their products.

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

*When cows are sick and require antibiotic treatment, it is under veterinary advice. Antibiotics can only be prescribed by a veterinarian in New Zealand, and animals requiring treatment are removed from the herd and do not contribute to a farm’s milk supply until their withholding period has concluded and they are clinically recovered. 

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

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Volunteering with MJF Foundation

Volunteering with MJF Foundation

Introducing Chef Selvana Chelvanaigum, Lecturer at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne. As an initiative to pass on her culinary wisdom to budding chefs at the Empower Culinary & Hospitality School by the Dilmah MJF Foundation, Chef Selvana chose to spend a week in Sri Lanka volunteering with Dilmah! If you’d like to volunteer with the MJF Foundation too, drop a line here.

Watch Chef Selvana Chelvanaigum Volunteering at MJCF Culinary School here:


ABOUT DILMAH TEA

Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah, was established by Merrill J. Fernando to bring quality, Single Origin Ceylon Tea, garden fresh and unblended, to tea drinkers around the world. His Dilmah Tea brand was the first genuinely ethical tea brand, bringing a smile to the faces of the underprivileged in Sri Lanka, whilst giving consumers quality, authenticity and natural goodness in their cup of tea.


BECOME A WORLDCHEFS PARTNER

Partner with Worldchefs to get connected with our international membership of professional associations, hospitality schools, and companies around the globe.

Learn more about our partnership opportunities here.

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Celebrating Art & Science: Electrolux Professional and Worldchefs 

Celebrating Art & Science: Electrolux Professional and Worldchefs 

  • Electrolux Professional has renewed as a Worldchefs Diamond Partner, continuing a longstanding collaboration centered around the Art & Science program.
  • The chef-centered partnership will enter a new phase with the renewal, including the launch of Art & Science Goes Digital interactive webinar series.
  • Learn more about Worldchefs partnership opportunities at www.worldchefs.org/partnership.

Paris, 23 of February 2023 – Electrolux Professional has renewed as Worldchefs Diamond Partner. Celebrating 120 years of tradition, experience, and innovation, Electrolux Professional has been at forefront in offering sustainable, ergonomic, and customer-friendly solutions. The Worldchefs partnership renewal marks the continuation of a longstanding collaboration centered around the Art & Science program.

Launched in 2014, the Art & Science Come Together partnership between Electrolux Professional and Worldchefs brings chefs together to explore innovation in culinary technology through a series of hands-on workshops. Combining the creativity of professional chefs with the specialized knowledge and technology of the leading manufacturer’s commercial cooking solutions, the program is designed to empower chefs to operate more efficiently, profitably and sustainably to help kitchens across the globe to develop more streamlined cooking processes.

Celebrating Art & Science: Electrolux Professional and Worldchefs 
Join us on 13 April 2023 for the first webinar of Art & Science: Goes Digital, focusing on the topic of Innovation.

Restructured to fit a digital format, Art & Science Goes Digital brings the beauty of culinary innovation online, made accessible to Worldchefs’ community around the globe. Through a series of themed webinars, the program aims to empower chefs to operate more efficiently, profitably and sustainably. The webinars will be held quarterly, with the first installment on 13 April.

The program will provide participants with skills and advice from experienced professional chefs willing to share their international experience and passion for the continual discovery of contemporary developments in the culinary arts. “This partnership has launched a number of dedicated exciting activities which will unite the beauty of the culinary arts with the breakthroughs in culinary technology,” says Worldchefs President, Thomas Gugler. “What makes the Art & Science partnership so special is the ability to connect all this technical knowledge with the artistic side of the culinary industry.”

Art & Science Goes Digital will be hosted by seasoned chef and culinary trainer Paolo Pettenuzzo. Hailing from the Veneto region of Italy, by the age of 16 Pettenuzzo was competing on the Italian culinary team at the national level. By age 20, his impressive skills had earned him two silver medals in the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge. Pettenuzzo joined Electrolux Professional in 2013, where he spearheads business development in the luxury sector, including Michelin-starred projects. In 2019 he was appointed as the official Chefs Activation Manager to lead on chef training strategy organization-wide. “I live Electrolux Professional with an anticipatory perspective, working with the future to change the present,” says Pettenuzzo.

“Worldchefs is thrilled to continue our work with Electrolux Professional. Their chef-centered approach to innovation, continuous push for excellence and unwavering sustainability commitments are just a few reasons why they have been a natural collaborator and key supporter of Worldchefs,” says Ragnar Fridrikkson, Worldchefs Managing Director. “Electrolux Professional’s dedicated chefs around the world add so much value to our community and we look forward to the next chapter of our collaboration with Art & Science Goes Digital.”

Read more about the Art & Science program at worldchefs.org/artsciencewithelectrolux, and register for the first webinar on 13 April 2023, Art & Science Goes Digital: INNOVATION.

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

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