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Meet the Asia Regional Global Chef, Global Pastry Chef and Global Young Chef, TUCC 2017

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Thailand, 04th June 2017

Bangkok, June 5, 2017: After three days of intense competition at the Thailand Ultimate Chef Challenge at THAIFEX – World of Food Asia in Bangkok, Global Chefs Challenge (GCC) series Asia regional winners have been selected in the categories of Global Chef, Global Pastry Chef, and Global Young Chef.

For Asia Global Chef Teerapat Teeyasoontranon, Thailand Chefs Association and the Thai Culinary Academy, and Asia Pastry Chef Pan Shih En, Taiwan Chef Association, the next stop is Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, July 11 – 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Global Challenge Young Chef Asia regional winner will compete in the next GCC Young Chefs finals, competition details available soon.

For Chef Teeyasoontranon, this is his 8th gold medal. “I feel so proud that I will be a representative of Thailand and so excited to join the Global Chefs Challenge finals in Kuala Lumpur,” he said. “Of course, I will have to do a lot to prepare myself, I will practice to do my best for the people of Thailand.”

Chef Pan Shih En is newer to competitions, at the age of 19 she is just beginning her pastry career – an outstanding accomplishment for such a young chef. “Although I do not have as much pastry experience as other competitors, I believe that with commitment and determination I can make it,” she said. “It is an honour to have this opportunity… Now, I will get to represent Taiwan to compete in the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018 Global Chefs Challenge Pastry finals. Thank you to my university mentor, to Taiwan Chef Association, and to my family for giving me this opportunity. I will continue to do my best and try my best to win the global competition [next year].”

Chef Yang Yang Shen, aged 24 years of China, is a Chef at the Shanghai Disney Resort. In an interview, he said he appreciates the chance to have this opportunity to go to World Congress, thanks his teacher Edward Zhong, and will work even harder than before to train everyday at work.

Though they hail from different Asian nations, what these winners share is their commitment and dedication to rigourous training schedules. Chef Pan Shih En for example trained 12 hours a day for 49 consecutive days – on top of managing other commitments.

Big congratulations to our winners and also to all of the competitors of this year’s GCC Asia regional event. Big congratulations also go out to the international judging panel led by Dr Rick Stephen, and the organizing committee led by Willment Leong for an extraordinary competition.

The GCC Series Finals see 20 teams from around the world competing to be the best. Seven spots are reserved for regional qualifiers like TUCC 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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