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Slovenia Fund Raising Dinner a Huge Success

Chefs from Slovenia put together a gala charity dinner to raise funds for Philippines and Gorenjska. The event took place on 4 December at the Congress Centre Brdo near Kranj, and the one night event raised 2,000 euros.

According to Chef Jozef Oseli, who attended the dinner on behalf of World Chefs Without Borders, the event was “first class and definitely a night to remember!”

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World Chefs Without Borders Raises More than USD$23,470 for Philippines

November 18, 2013 – World Chefs Without Borders , the humanitarian arm of WORLDCHEFS, has quickly raised more than USD$23,470 within a week in response to the effects of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippine. The typhoon is said to have claimed thousands of lives. The latest official government death toll stands at 2,344, with 3,804 injured and a further 79 missing. President Benigno Aquino has declared a “state of national calamity”, allowing the government to impose price controls.

After hearing about the disaster, the World Chefs Without Borders committee rallied up chefs from the global network of WORLDCHEFS. In less than a week, chef associations around the world have pledged monetary support for disaster relief efforts in Philippines. Le Toque Blanche Philippines, led by Chef Jay Gamboa, will work with Red Cross to ensure the funds are appropriately channelled.

At the Food & Hotel China in Shanghai, judges at the culinary competition collectively made donations collectively and raised USD$1,000. They also quickly put together a charity gala lunch on 14 November at the event, where chefs prepared dishes and raised USD$5,440 in one night, where half of the proceeds will go to Typhoon Haiyan and the other half to the Shanghai Orphanage.

Says Chairman of World Chefs Without Borders, Willment Leong, “Chefs can make an impact. The quick response from around the world just via email communications is a proof in point.”

Gissur Gudmundsson, President of WORLDCHEFS shares, “We are one united body, and there is truly no borders in the chef profession.”

For donations to the World Chefs Without Borders Philippine Fund, kindly contact Chairman of World Chef Without Borders, Willment Leong at willment@hotmail.com. Link for transferring donations : http://www.worldchefs.org/en/node/2866 

About WORLDCHEFS

WORLDCHEFS is a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. At that first congress there were 65 delegates from 17 countries, representing 36 national and international associations, and the venerable August Escoffier was named the first Honorary President of WACS. Today, this global body has 96 official chefs associations as members. The biennial congress is a hallmark tradition of WACS and has been organized in over 20 cities across the world throughout its illustrious 82-year history, WACS is managed by an elected presidential body consisting of the WACS president, vice president, treasurer, secretary general and ambassador honorary president, as well as a board of continental directors that look after the regions of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. A separate committee manages all culinary competition-related affairs.

About World Chefs Without Borders

World Chefs Without Borders was established to leverage on the global network of chefs for humanitarian work.

Started in 2009, chefs have been active in all parts of the world, from South Africa to Asia. Today, it is led by Chairman Chef Willment Leong from Thailand, who played a pivotal role in leading the Thai Chefs Association to help his country deal with the aftermath of the Tsunami through relief programmes in Bangkok.

For Media Enquiries, please contact:

Jenny Tan

WORLDCHEFS Asia Office
19 Burn Road #05-01 Singapore 369974 E-mail: worldchefs@foodcult.com.sg Tel: +65 9836 7653 

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Food for Smiles – No tears from Hunger, Myanmar WCWB

Food for Smiles – No tears from Hunger, Myanmar WCWB

Myanmar, International World Chefs Day 2013, World Chefs Without Borders

 

Over 90.000 meals, Wells, Solar Lights, Clothing & Adidas Shoe for 500 displaced people which lost everything first week of October 2013.

500 Rakhine & Kaman Myanmar citizens were displaced, lost their houses and livelihood over the night in the first week of October. 115 families including 226 men, 261 female and 73 children were effected from the sudden, overnight loss. The Myanmar Government came in quick with “at cost’ wood and cash direct into the hands of each family to buy the wood, enough for a new house.

Charity funds that save lives

World Chefs Without Borders ( WCWB ) funds and partners contribution(Foundation Life, Celle – Germany, Hapag Lloyd Cruise Lines, Europe Tour Operator s, Rakhine Groups & Friends in Yangon & Singapore, Business groups from Thandwe, Yangon, Singapore & Germany, also individual donors ), came in quick after first coordination meetings with the Thandwe District authorities and District Chief at the side-line of the Union Tourism Minister meeting in Thandwe on 12.10.2013,- WCWB following the words, ethical standards and clear guidlines of Myanmar s President Thein Sein, on equality of each Myanmar Citizen.

Coordination was made after an assessment of the needs,- for a mixed support of Food Basket and Household Goods to each family in need. With the aim to restore their normal living conditions as soon as possible and to enable them to contribute to a positive Rakhine State development.  Special attention here was given by World Chefs Without Borders to children and students to support their quick return and problem free study at the primary and higher education schools in Thandwe District.

Mission agenda

On 24.10. household goods were shipped from WCWB stores in Yangon through the Rakhine mountains to Thandwe administration stores.

On 29.10.2013 members of WCWB purchased all for the “Food Basket “ needed items in Thandwe (WFP Food Basket = Rice ( starch ), Salt, Cooking Oil, Beans ). Through special contribution a set of  school books and pens for students was possible through European Tour Operator donations.

On 31.10.2013 a team of International WCWB members in Thandwe started with cars and trucks, supported & accompanied by the authorities of Thandwe District to the first villages affected, as Pauktaw, Shwelee, Depyukyaing, where the villagers waited at the Village Schools as well Monasteries, most still living there or under plain plastic canvas next to their destroyed house, some were already in half finished (roof on ) new houses – carpenter works all over in full swing.

With family name lists Rakhine and Kaman Myanmar Citizen were called and Food Basket and Household items direct handed over by the WCWB members into the villagers hands.     

WCWB & Partners contribution per family:

48 kg rice, 9,5 Ltr cooking oil, 8,5 kg Beans, 2,3 kg Salt

2 Seaman warm Jackets,

Child and women clothing

1 pair of new Adidas Sport Shoes

          1 bigger – professional Solar Lamp (on the way to villages still )

1 set of school exercise books and pens for the students

Value to each family is around 332 $ US (x 115 families = 38.180 $ US total donation value)

Mission continues:

After consultations with the villagers and district municipal there is still a big need in Pauktaw village for support to clean water wells, as the existing wells got partly destroyed and some got oil in making them not to use for the mostly farmers.  

Water Well Donations are in Urgent need:

Here World Chefs Without Borders is looking into the matter now in details and how to ensure quick the establishment of water wells for drinking water for the people as well their animals.

Over 90.000 meals, a 3 month food support project by WCWB:

World Chefs Without Borders could ensure enough funds for a three month “ food support “ to these families in Rakhine State,- despite the fact that the rice harvest is near,- it would only disrupt the farmers living ability after 3 to 4 month, if they would need to eat up their new harvest direct now,- no time to rebuild sustainable their live and achieve normal living conditions in dignity, let alone the freedom of education to their children.

A main aim of WCWB is to support such sustainable living, as well to show commitment and friendship to the families and their young generation that there are friends around to help when help and friendship is needed. The next food donation mission will be for December & than for January. Supporters and friends of Rakhine are welcome to support or active hand over.

 

The next WCWB – Myanmar mission already in progress and pipeline:

1. WCWB,- 9 Draeger anaesthetics machines & Monitors from Germany arrived as donation through WCWB Myanmar by Dr Dirk & DB Schenker for Rakhine Hospital Sittwe and two Child Hospitals in Yangon, at a value of over 60.000 $ US.

2. A WCWB – German Interplast Dr s team will do free charity operations on Thyroid & Cleft Pallets & Burns at “ Sittwe State Hospital “ 24.11. to 7.12.2013 arrangements are here at final stage by WCWB Myanmar, Ministry of Health, UN OCHA, WHO, Rakhine State Government, Rakhine civil society groups and mixed religious groups of Rakhine State.

 3. The WCWB – Myanmar ENT ear Drs team just left after 1 week charity operations including Cochlea Implants to children. This project is going into a new dimension for 2014 with similar operations in Yangon. As well than the establishment of an ENT Unit at south Rakhine – Thandwe District Hospital with equipment support and the proposed establishment of a permanent ENT unit there, supporting 1,5 million people in south Rakhine as well the international Tourism Industries guests to nearby beach destinations. The German ENT Drs working under WCWB arrangements and Union Ministry of Health s Drs permits. ENT equipment is in progress through Dr Klaus Exner – Frankfurt and Lufthansa Hamburg – Germany.

 

******Special thanks******

We like to thank the International volunteer WCWB – Chefs team as:Chef Gunther & Elke Feldmann – Germany, Chef Chris – Australia, Chef Gunter – Costa Rica, Chef Somchai – Thailand, Chefs from Thandwe – Rakhine, Chef Marcel – Switzerland, Chef Jochen – Austria, Chef Guenter Kreft – Germany, Chef Zhang Yum Quing – China. All worked very hard carry rice bags, managed, arranged equal & transparent donation into the hands of each family.

The smiling faces of the mothers, children and farmerson this day, which just lost everything they had,- was a big reward for the Chefs and all involved driving back home with the feeling to have eased the live of 500 people,- When you want to save the world s children,– start with the first one,– as a saying goes.  

We thank to all volunteers, the International Chefs of World Chefs Without Borders team, the authorities of Thandwe District and the valuable donors to enable WCWB to be at hand in Myanmar this moment and give a hand to people in need on a short term program – ensure their sustainable positive development, in a rapid transition of Myanmar and Rakhine society, yours

 

Oliver E Soe Thet

Global Board member, World Chefs Without Borders

Sustainable Development Rakhine,- Group

Yangon, 1.11.2013,- Union of Myanmar

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1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge ended and supported WACS FEED THE PLANET initiative

1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge ended and supported WACS FEED THE PLANET initiative

The 1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge 2013 successfully finished just few days ago. Even though the event is already behind us, excellent atmosphere, interesting program, satisfied competitors and sponsors as well as the great number of visitor will be still talking about this great competition and cheerfully waiting for the next one.

The entire competition was conducted under the supervision of WACS certified Judges and other national and international professionals that followed the highest standards. While the winners proudly and justifiably received their prizes, sponsors or the competition made sure they received some valuable awards as well. Furthermore, during the event educational workshop on food safety and hygiene, Halal diet and modern culinary trends was held thanks to the wonderful presentations made by international speakers. Furthermore, Myanmar professional baristas preformed a two hour session ‘Barista training’ as to educate young Myanmar baristas and raise the awareness of this important hospitality segment.

As being a WACS member since 2000, Myanmar Chefs Association has been actively involved in many aspects of raising culinary standards, helping national industry to flourish and also provide help those in need. Thanks to the initiative made by the President of the Myanmar Chefs Association and Board member of WACS initiative World Chefs Without Borders, Oliver Esser Soe Thet, and his team a great humanitarian action was taken. All the bakery and pastry products were brought to an organization that takes care for elder people, offering them a great gastronomy experience that mostly likely they haven’t had the chance to taste. Cooked meals went in hands of those in need, some skillfully and completely sanitary safe wedding cakes made by the competitors were sold for the Chefs Without Borders Myanmar, purposes that will be again use for humanitarians activities. Moreover, some hot meals made by volunteers and WCWB Myanmar Chefs were specially prepared for charity purposes. “It is all very possible if it’s well planned, taken care of and managed from the beginning”, said Oliver Esser Soe Thet.

Myanmar World Chefs Without Borders, national members of the Myanmar Chefs Association, were greatly active the last couple of years and showed excellent results in their humanitarian missions like, closely related also to WACS Feed The Planet initiative:

“Health Food for Healthy Teeth”, financial aid for medical operations and treatments, schools reconstruction and building, “Clean the beach” activity”, plenty of good actions in the field of community public service, donations for sport and recreational activities as well as the medical equipment, volunteer work to raise the educational standards and make knowledge available to everyone. As many new ventures to come, there seem to be no borders for Myanmar Chefs!

To take a look at the official 1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge press release as well as the photos, follow the links below:

Myanmar Chefs Association official press release

1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge photo album

1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge ended and supported WACS FEED THE PLANET initiative

The 1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge 2013 successfully finished just few days ago. Even though the event is already behind us, excellent atmosphere, interesting program, satisfied competitors and sponsors as well as the great number of visitor will be still talking about this great competition and cheerfully waiting for the next one.

The entire competition was conducted under the supervision of WACS certified Judges and other national and international professionals that followed the highest standards. While the winners proudly and justifiably received their prizes, sponsors or the competition made sure they received some valuable awards as well. Furthermore, during the event educational workshop on food safety and hygiene, Halal diet and modern culinary trends was held thanks to the wonderful presentations made by international speakers. Furthermore, Myanmar professional baristas preformed a two hour session ‘Barista training’ as to educate young Myanmar baristas and raise the awareness of this important hospitality segment.

As being a WACS member since 2000, Myanmar Chefs Association has been actively involved in many aspects of raising culinary standards, helping national industry to flourish and also provide help those in need. Thanks to the initiative made by the President of the Myanmar Chefs Association and Board member of WACS initiative World Chefs Without Borders, Oliver Esser Soe Thet, and his team a great humanitarian action was taken. All the bakery and pastry products were brought to an organization that takes care for elder people, offering them a great gastronomy experience that mostly likely they haven’t had the chance to taste. Cooked meals went in hands of those in need, some skillfully and completely sanitary safe wedding cakes made by the competitors were sold for the Chefs Without Borders Myanmar, purposes that will be again use for humanitarians activities. Moreover, some hot meals made by volunteers and WCWB Myanmar Chefs were specially prepared for charity purposes. “It is all very possible if it’s well planned, taken care of and managed from the beginning”, said Oliver Esser Soe Thet.

Myanmar World Chefs Without Borders, national members of the Myanmar Chefs Association, were greatly active the last couple of years and showed excellent results in their humanitarian missions like, closely related also to WACS Feed The Planet initiative:

“Health Food for Healthy Teeth”, financial aid for medical operations and treatments, schools reconstruction and building, “Clean the beach” activity”, plenty of good actions in the field of community public service, donations for sport and recreational activities as well as the medical equipment, volunteer work to raise the educational standards and make knowledge available to everyone. As many new ventures to come, there seem to be no borders for Myanmar Chefs!

To take a look at the official 1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge press release as well as the photos, follow the links below:

Myanmar Chefs Association official press release

1st Yangon Culinary Young Chefs Challenge photo album

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