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Meet the Competitors: Global Chefs Challenge at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022

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16th May 2022

Representing their respective countries and culinary teams, the world’s most promising chefs will experience four days of intense competition at the Global Chefs Challenge Finals during Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 in Abu Dhabi, 30 May to 2 June.

Let’s meet some of the Global Chefs Challenge competitors. Who will take home the prized trophy and title of Worlds Best Chef?

Chef Simo Oskari Pietarinen

  • Country: Finland
  • Position: Head Chef at Restaurant W30

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

After two hard years, to finally meet chefs from around the globe to network and mingle.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Remember your training and be yourself. Trust your assistant.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

My favorite recipe to prep is a good chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream.

Chef Balázs Adamek

  • Country: Hungary
  • Position: Chef at Restaurant Diófa

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

Being a maximalist in my work, I expect the best results from myself, the competition.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

If you want to compete in an international competition, I recommend that you compare your skills in as many competitions as possible. Learn, improve yourself and trust yourself to be able to do it.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

I don’t really have a preference among the plates to prepare. I love all of them, just a bit more the meats.

What does competing in the Global Chefs Challenge mean to you?

It is a great honor for me to have this opportunity to participate, to represent my country and my profession in such a monumental event and top prestige competition. I have already participated in several international competitions, but the GCC is always the greatest challenge of my life.

Chef Alan Fitzmaurice

  • Country: Ireland
  • Position: Executive Chef at The Glasshouse Hotel

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

I’m really looking forward to the meeting and the comradeship between Chef and competitors.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Practice, Practice & Practice.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

More and more its simple recipes, with good ingredients cooked with family or friends.

Favorite quote?

“If you don’t give up, you can never be defeated.” – Rob Heffernan, Irish race walking Olympian.

Chef Marco Tomasi

  • Country: Italy
  • Position: Head Chef at Cucina Tomasi

What are you most looking forward to at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 and Global Chefs Challenge Finals?

I expect a lot of emotion and determination, with the hope of bringing home a great result.

What advice would you give to fellow chefs who want to compete in international competitions?

Try to dream and chase your dreams. Sacrifice and hard work always pay off.

What is your favorite recipe to prepare?

All those dishes linked to traditions and family, as well as rich in taste; full of love, memories and emotions.

What is your source of inspiration?

My source of inspiration is my grandfather Alberto Tomasi. He is 82 years old and he is a carving chef. Even today he continues to challenge himself, because in life you never stop learning.

Don’t miss all the action at Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022. With the backdrop of this historic reunion event, the Global Chefs Challenge Finals brings the world’s top chefs and emerging culinary talent to test their skills on a global stage.

Register now and expand your professional bonds in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30 May to 2 June 2022.

Learn more about the program and keynote speakers at www.worldchefscongress.org/speaker.

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