Dr. Billy Gallagher

Worldchefs Lifelong Honorary President

Through his unwavering dedication to the development of young chefs, many have been positively impacted. The May of 2016, sadly saw the passing of Chef Gallagher, originally from South Africa. Despite this, Chef Gallagher’s mentoring, advice, friendship, and ability to connect people continues to live on. We continue to honor his good work through the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, which is held in conjunction with the biennial Worldchefs Congress and Expo.


Billy Gallagher Young Chefs Forum Program (BGF): The BGF is established around Billy’s legacy and insistence on providing young up-and-coming chefs proper training, guidance, and learning opportunities. It is an unique opportunity for young chefs from around the world to gather, learn, and experience new things at every Worldchefs Congress. The main congress has a complete forum full of guest speakers, presentation, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and discussions. All young chefs are encouraged to register for the BGF which has its own program tailored with more of an educational and mentoring angle featuring locally inspired excursions.

At the end of each BGF, the Committee selects two inspiring Young Chefs to an award of a Two-week paid trip to Billy’s home country of South Africa for a practical training and culinary experience of a lifetime!

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