The World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs) has appointed Chef Andy Cuthbert as the new Chairman to oversee the running and development of the Worldchefs Congress 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The key role, which was previously helmed by Chef Stephen Billingham from South Africa, has seen a change in reins when Chef Billingham had to step down with regrets due to personal professional commitments.
Chef Andy Cuthbert is a familiar face within the global chefs community. He has played an instrumental role as Chairman of the Young Chefs Development Team, growing the Young Chefs Club from its infancy to a dynamic global force with young chef members across 32 countries. During the 2008 Worldchef Congress in Dubai, he was also organizer and sergeant of arms. Chef Cuthbert, an Australian and British national, personally has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked for several prestigious hotels throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
He shares, “The congress is an important calendar date for all Chefs from across the globe, an opportunity to learn, experience and build lifelong friendships with people who have the best job on earth, I look forward to seeing the congress in Thessaloniki, become larger than life and to leave an imprint on all participants mind and heart.”
President of Worldchefs, Charles Carroll said, “We are sad to see Chef Stephen Billingham step down from his role but we understand he has personal commitments and thank him for his contributions.
We are very excited to welcome Chef Andy Cuthbert on board, as he knows the vision of the Worldchefs Congress and has played a pivotal role in the last Congress by working on a fantastic programme for the young chefs. With his dynamic nature, I have no doubt he will contribute greatly to the development of the Congress programme.”
The Worldchefs Congress 2016 will take place from 24 – 27 September in Thessaloniki, Greece. Confirmed keynote speakers include Herve This, founder of molecular cuisine and Alan Wong, celebrity chef and founder of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.