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Worldchef Education Director is honored with major award from World Gastronomy Institute

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Ireland, 06th September 2019




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Paris, France · 6 September 2019 · Worldchef Education Director is honored with major award from World Gastronomy Institute

Congratulations to our very own Education Director, Chef John Clancy, for having received the Medal of Honor from the World Gastronomy Institute (WGI), recognizing his work with the Institution and his merits in the field of gastronomy. A leader in the world in culinary education, we congratulation John for this major award, and thank him for his great contributions to World Association of Chefs’ Societies and culinary professionals around the globe! Read on for the full press release with photos issued by the Institute, also available here and for download below.

From the World Gastronomy Institute:

John J. Clancy, Medal of Honor of the WGI

Chef Clancy received the Medal of Honor from the World Gastronomy Institute (WGI) recognizing his work with the

Institution and his great merits in the field of gastronomy. John J. Clancy is surely the most influential person in the world in

culinary education, as his guidelines expand through the World Association of Chefs Societies, an organization that has more

than 10 million members in 103 countries.

Medal of Honor of the WGI

The WGI Medal of Honor is the highest award of the Institution and is granted to recognize the significant work of

professionals, entities and groups that have decisively influenced the development of gastronomy in the world.

The Award Ceremony was organized in the Events Room of MEDITERRANEO CULINARY CENTER (MCC) in Valencia

(Spain) where Mr. José Manuel Iglesias, Secretary-General of the WGI and Mr. Luis Tesón, Corporate Vice-President, awarded

the Medals of Honor.

In addition to his Medal and Diploma, Chef Clancy received as a present, a travel case with a travel heater for infusions

with a selection of teas from the Dilmah company, the best Ceylan Tea.

Among the many reasons to reward him, John Clancy has dedicated his life to culinary education as a teacher and as

director of schools, being an international reference thanks to his work within Worldchefs, an organization in which he has

created school recognition programs and of certification of professionals, ensuring that culinary education has higher standards.

His work is highly valued worldwide.

The Ceremony was celebrated in Dublin (Ireland)

The event took place at the the famous Guinness brewery. The Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate Brewery in

Dublin, Ireland was an incomparable and original setting in which attendees enjoyed an exciting experience.

Mr. José Manuel Iglesias – WGI Secretary-General – imposed on Mr. Clancy the award called “Medal of Honor for

Gastronomic Merit” in an emblematic space, which receives millions of amateur and professional visitors. On behalf of the

Steering Committee of the World Gastronomy Institute, Mr. Juan José Burgos attended the Senior Vice-President of the WGI and

is also the President of Slow Food in Madrid.

The event was invited by chef Patrick Brady, President of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland. Attendees were accompanied by

Vicki McGrath on behalf of the Guinness home (Diageo) who acted as hosts of the event and the ceremony was honored to have

the cooperation of the Embassy of Spain, which delegated to Mrs. Teresa Gancedo of Tourspain , “Counselor of Tourism “and

Managing Director of the Office in Dublin the official Spanish presence, given that the WGI Headquarters is now in Spain.

The WGI Delegation visited the new university campus in Dublin, where they were received by Dr. Frank Cullen – Head

of School of Culinary Arts at Technological University Dublin – Cathal Brugha Street City Campus. After, they visited Chef Clancy’s

former school, at Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin City.

During the meetings held on the Campus, a possible framework for institutional collaboration was established at the

international level, to promote joint courses with the Mediterraneo Culinary Center, a Spanish school supervised by the World

Gastronomy Institute.

In the most playful field, the Delegation traveled to the Cliffs of Moher, one of the great tourist attractions of the Irish

lands, and also had the pleasure of enjoying an Irish Whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery, an excellent liquor property of the

multinational Pernod Ricard, very representative of Ireland.

John J. Clancy

Chef Clancy is “WGI Special Consultant for Institutional Affairs in Culinary Arts” and the Education Director for

Worldchefs (World Association of Chefs Societies). responsible for the management and direction of Worldchefs educational

programmes which includes: Recognized Schools Programme and Worldchefs Global Certification Programme which he led the

development of in partnership with City and Guilds of London Institute. He has extensive experience as a Culinary Educator and

consultant and was a Senior Lecturer in Culinary Arts and Gastronomy at Technological University Dublin – TUD for over 30 years.

He was Congress Director for the Worldchefs World Congress 2004. He is a Worldchefs Certified Culinary Judge and has

represented Ireland as Chief Examiner and International Judge for the World Skills Competition and Chief Advising Examiner to

the Department of Education and Science for the National Skills competitions in Ireland. Academic qualifications include:

Master of Science Degree in Culinary Entrepreneurship. Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Education and Technology.

Licentiateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute.


The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier. Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through these core focus areas:

Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, our expansive network of Worldchefs Certified Schools and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs provides a platform for connection to chefs around the world, and a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the preeminent biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and runs the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarian & Sustainability – our Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For more information about Worldchefs, visit us at


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