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Future trends and world class Global Chefs Challenge regional competition await at THAIFEX 2017

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Thailand, 01st June 2017

Bangkok, May 31, 2017: Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister gave the official inaugural welcome for THAIFEX 2017 to a full room of media, chefs, exhibitors and participants, promising a fruitful event that will focus on Thailand’s ambitious goal of producing “food for the future”.

While the theme for THAIFEX is future trends, a core heart of the event is the Thailand Ultimate Chef Challenge, which includes qualifying rounds for the coveted Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge Series.

“Asia is a rapidly changing culinary market,” said Thomas Gugler, Worldchefs President. “THAIFEX 2017 promises to showcase the energy and innovation coming out of Asia, and this same energy and innovation will be captured on the Global Chefs Challenge Series semi-finals stage. The competition is expected to be fierce and intense, with chefs giving everything they have for the chance to advance to the Worldchefs finals and compete with the best chefs in the world.”

Over three days at THAIFEX, from May 31 – June 2,  chefs representing Asian countries will compete in the categories Global Chefs, Global Pastry Chefs, and Global Young Chefs (25 and under), pitting their skills and capabilities against each other in front of top international judges. One winners in each category will go on to represent Asia in the Global Chefs Challenge Series (GCC) final taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of the Worldchefs Congress & Expo July 2018.

Catch the culinary drama and all the live competition action at IMPACT Hall 1 and 6, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok.

“Hosting the GCC at THAIFEX is something we could not be prouder of,” said Willment Leong, Vice President – Thailand Chefs Association. “It is a testament to Thailand’s place as a hub of regional connectivity and the heart of the Asian world. The level and quality expected from the semi-finals makes it a must-see event, as well as the perfect preparation for the world stage at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018 in Malaysia.”

The GCC Series Finals see 20 teams from around the world competing to be the best. Seven spots are reserved for regional qualifiers like THAIFEX winners. Other regional qualifying rounds will take place in Europe, Americas, Africa Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.

Twelve qualifiers come from Restaurant of the Nations from IKA or World Cup, and the host country, this year Malaysia, takes the final spot.

The GCC finals for Global Chefs and Global Pastry Chefs will be held at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 11 – 14, 2018. The Global Young Chefs Challenge finals were recently held at Sirha, home to the prestigious Bocuse D’Or. Planning for the next Young Chefs Finals are still underway.


About the Global Chefs Challenge Series

The Global Chefs Challenge Series is where the world’s best chefs meet to compete in three categories: the Global Chefs Challenge, the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, and the Global Young Chefs Challenge.

Global Chefs and Global Pastry Chefs face off at the Worldchefs Congress and Expo, a don’t miss bi-annual global event attended by chefs from more than 100 countries.

The next GCC Series final takes place at Asia on Plate – Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, from July 11 – 14, 2018.

Global Young Chefs compete in a Young Chefs Challenge Final, held for the first-time this year at Sirha, the international trade show that is also home to Bocuse d’Or and the World Pastry Cup. Stay tuned for details about the next GCC Young Chefs Finals.

About the Global Chefs Challenge

In the Global Chefs Challenge Finals, the best chefs in the world aged 26 and up compete to show their skills, and to prove how adaptable they are in the day-to- day challenges of running a kitchen. Their culinary creations must follow guidelines such as being appetizing and tasteful, while also showing off exemplary plating for ease of service.

About the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge

xpect top performances from the cream of the crop at the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge Finals. Competitors work to prove they can meet the standards of the world’s most modern patisseries, while showing an appeal to the five senses, along with knowledge, extraordinary technique and of course versatility.

If you wish to prove your pastry skills are world-class, contact your National Chefs Association for information about selection in your country today!

About The Global Young Chefs Challenge

The Global Young Chefs Challenge was created in 2002 by Worldchefs to promote and groom young chefs in their culinary careers. The competition is open to chefs aged 25 and younger.

Until this 2017 edition, The Global Young Chefs Challenge was run simultaneously with the Global Chefs Challenge and the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, a world-respected competition.

This year for the first time ever, the Global Young Chefs Challenge Final was held at Sirha, the international trade show that is also home to Because d’Or and the World Pastry Cup.

About Worldchefs

The World Association of Chefs' Societies (Worldchefs) is a non-political professional organization, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines.

We accomplish these goals through education and professional development of our international membership, through skills-building and competitions, and through sustainability and humanitarian initiatives. As an authority and opinion leader on food, Worldchefs represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.


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