Each year on October 20th, we celebrate International Chefs Day.

Since its creation by the Late Chef Dr. Bill Gallagher in 2004, Worldchefs has committed to using International Chefs Day to celebrate our noble profession. Chefs have a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact in our communities by celebrating this special day with children. Every October, Chefs come together to inspire and educate the next generation about the joys of cooking, healthy eating, and the importance of sustainability.

Over the past years, Worldchefs has partnered with Nestlé Professional to teach children around the globe by providing a toolkit and guiding Chefs to host fun-filled workshops worldwide.

We can help our children the Worldchefs way by working together in Preparing Children for a Healthy Life. This year’s campaign for International Chefs Day is “Growing Great Chefs.”

The “Growing Great Chefs” campaign promises to inspire curiosity, creativity, and a love for cooking among children from all walks of life. By sharing the joys of the culinary profession, Nestle Professional and Worldchefs hope to leave a lasting impact on young hearts, nurturing the potential of future culinary leaders.


Here are some ideas on how we can celebrate International Chef’s Day with children:

Cooking Workshops: Organize interactive cooking workshops for kids where they can learn simple and fun recipes. Encourage them to get hands-on experience in the kitchen and discover the joy of preparing their own meals.

Nutrition Education: Host educational sessions on the importance of balanced diets and nutrition. Teach children about the various food groups and the benefits of incorporating fresh, local produce into their meals.

Food Safety Awareness: Emphasize the significance of proper food handling and safety practices in the kitchen. Instill in children the habits of cleanliness and good hygiene while cooking and handling food.

Farm Visits: Take the children to visit local farms or community gardens to show them where their food comes from. Teach them about sustainable farming practices and the importance of supporting local producers.

Food Art and Creativity: Encourage kids to express their creativity through food art. Have them design and create their own visually appealing dishes using various colorful ingredients.

Food Donation Drives: Organize food donation drives with the children to raise awareness about food insecurity. Teach them about the value of giving back to the community and helping those in need.

Cultural Culinary Journey: Introduce children to different cuisines from around the world. Let them explore diverse flavors and cultural traditions, promoting understanding and appreciation for global culinary heritage.

Chef Mentorship: Pair up young aspiring chefs with experienced members to provide mentorship and guidance. Inspire them to pursue their culinary dreams and support their passion for cooking.

Chefs from around the globe are invited to host their very own Growing Great Chefs workshop in their region. It can be a workshop for your own children or a workshop for 300 children, every child can benefit from this experience. It is important to share this opportunity and message for every child to learn and enjoy eating something new!

Remember, the impact of our celebration goes beyond just one day. Let’s strive to create a lasting impression on these young minds, fostering a love for cooking, nutrition, and sustainable practices that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Being a chef can be a hectic life. However, even spending just 5 minutes or 2 hours with your child, a student, or another child in your community can make a positive impact. If you are busy on October 20th, consider taking some time on any other day in October to connect with them.

Please share with us your fun moments, workshop experiences, or the beginning of your garden by sending us your pictures and/or videos via email. Don’t forget to use the hashtags below. Join me and thousands of chefs in October by Preparing Children for a Healthy Life!

A toolkit, provided by Nestle Professional, with everything you need to run an event, from instructions to materials to recipes to social media tips, has been prepared for you. The complete toolkit can be downloaded below.

For help or suggestions in hosting a Growing Great Chefs workshop on or around October 20, 2023, please contact Worldchefs’ International Chefs Day Committee at [email protected]

Together, we can make International Chef’s Day a truly memorable and transformative experience for the children in our communities. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to shaping the future of our culinary world.

Don’t forget to tag Worldchefs on social media and use the hashtags: #GrowingGreatChefs #InternationalChefsDay #ThisIsWorldchefs #NestleProfessional #PreparingChildrenForAHealthyLife


Vanessa Marquis, CEC, AAC

Chairman of Worldchefs International Chefs Day Committee
“Preparing Children for a Healthy Life”
[email protected]



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