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Launch of DigiChef Online Learning with At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy

Launch of DigiChef Online Learning with At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy 

  • Worldchefs has announced the collaborative launch of DigiChef Academy, a 100% online learning platform that is recognized by Worldchefs and designed by At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, Singapore’s premier culinary school for culinary, pastry and baking skills and food & beverage management education.
  • The platform provides globally recognized 6-month online career diplomas offering skills and knowledge in East and West, Old World and New World cuisines. 
  • With 9 culinary modules, 9 Pastry & Bakery modules, and 7 F&B Services modules taught by leading industry professionals, the Diplomas are awarded by At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy and endorsed by Worldchefs, delivering new opportunities to upskill kitchen and F&B training.


Paris, 8 of September 2021 – Worldchefs has announced the collaborative launch of DigiChef Academy, a 100% online learning platform that is recognized by Worldchefs and designed by At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, Singapore’s premier culinary school for culinary, pastry and baking skills and food & beverage management education. 


For the past 20 years, the At-Sunrice has been cultivating global chefs and F&B professionals in an experiential environment of culinary authenticity and best-fit apprenticeship. Pioneering applied learning strategies with study and work apprenticeships and international qualifications, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is a leader in shaping culinary training. The DigiChef Academy platform represents a new chapter in their mission to build craft-based education.


The experiential online learning platform provides innovative teaching and learning methodology, with an overall learning journey designed in three integrated phases:

  •  Phase 1 – The first phase is 100% online and optimized for access across devices to empower learning 24/7. Students are given full access to the course materials in an interactive formation, allowing for self-paced study that breaks the monotony of reading from a textbook.

  •  Phase 2 – The second phase provides on-site employment experience shadowing a DigiChef Academy-trained supervising Chef to support leadership training. Students learn by watching their supervisor formally or in informal demos within an everyday kitchen or restaurant environment.
  •  Phase 3 – The third phase focuses on practice and peer learning. Through shared video within the platform, students track their own skills development in a fun and engaging way. Posting their videos promotes communication and encourages students to push each other to constantly improve. 

To promote interactivity between learning peers and instructors, an innovative digital Dashboard allows instructors, trainers, and employers to fully track learners’ progress.         

“The partnership of Worldchefs and At-Sunrice to create DigiChef Academy platform has been in the works for three years. The result is the three six months online Career Diplomas twinned with Employability which we are launching today,” says Dr. Kwan Lui, founder of At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy.


“With Worldchefs, we are now able to open up this new horizon with no border restrictions and 24/7. We welcome any WC members to support in numerous possibilities as employers, as DigiChef Academy Instructors, DigiChef Academy assessors, or to provide scholarships to DigiChef Academy student chefs.”

The launch of DigiChef Academy marks another step into the digital frontier for Worldchefs and their efforts to expand educational standards and training opportunities for their international membership and culinary community. 


The global non-profit has focused on providing culinary professionals with opportunities to upskill and access quality training resources, from their free online Worldchefs Academy Pre-Commis Chef training course, Global Hospitality Certification program, online catalog of Worldchefs Approved Schools, Sustainability Education curriculum, industry webinars, podcast, regional initiatives, and more.


The partnership with At-Sunrice also includes a series of educational webinars, livestream programs, and skills training recipe demos.


“Worldchefs continues to be inspired by the teaching innovations of our friends at At-Sunrice GlobalChefs Academy,” says Ragnar Fridrikkson, Worldchefs Managing Director. “We look forward to our continued

collaboration and to the bright futures for future culinary students and professionals around the world.”


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ABOUT AT-SUNRICE GLOBALCHEF ACADEMY

At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is Singapore’s premier culinary school for culinary, pastry and baking skills and food & beverage management education, rated the Best Private Education Institution in Culinary Arts by Jobs Central Learning T.E.D. Awards. They receives 2500 students a year from over 34 countries, all passionate about their pursuits in food, food service and entrepreneurship.


At-Sunrice offers Diplomas in Culinary Arts, Diplomas in Pastry and Bakery, a Specialist Diploma in food Entrepreneurship, international diploma-degree pathways, private chef classes and short Continuing Education Modules (CEM) programmes. Their diploma students learn locally and globally with 6 months of their programme in a paid Overseas Industrial Attachment. 


At-Sunrice offers a seamless progression with diploma-degree pathways for 5 universities worldwide: Johnson & Wales University (America), International College of Hotel Management (Australia), George Brown College (Canada), Technological and Higher Education Institute of HongKong (Hong Kong) and University of West London (United Kingdom).


For more information about At-Sunrice visit www.at-sunrice.edu.sg.

 

ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

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, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculum, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

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

Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs 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 www.worldchefs.org.

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Worldchefs Board Welcomes Peter Wright as Pacific Rim Continental Director

Worldchefs Board Welcomes Peter Wright as Pacific Rim Continental Director

  •  Peter Wright has been appointed to Worldchefs Board of Directors as the Pacific Rim Continental Director. Peter will take over the role from Neil Abrahams.

  • Honorary Life Member and former President of the Australian Culinary Federation, Peter will represent and support the Pacific Rim members of Worldchefs in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea – Affiliate, Tonga – Affiliate & Vanuatu.
  • A Worldchefs Certified Master Chef, two-time Culinary Olympic gold medalist, and qualified Sports  Nutritionist, Wright is recognized as one of Australia’s leading foodservice experts and a global event specialist.


Paris, 7 of September 2021  Worldchefs has announced the appointment of Peter Wright as the Pacific Rim Continental Director. Peter is taking over the role from Neil Abrahams following his recent resignation due to personal reasons. Worldchefs Board of Directors want to thank Neil for his great contribution and dedication during his mandate. Peter will assume duties with immediate effect.

Honorary Life Member and former President of the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF), Peter will represent and support the Pacific Rim members of Worldchefs in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea-Affiliate, Tonga – Affiliate & Vanuatu on Worldchefs’ international Board of Directors.

“I am very excited and honored to accept this position on the Worldchefs Board,” says Peter. “I’ll work diligently to uplift the progress in our region, creating a manageable agenda with the countries of the Pacific Rim that allows all chefs and cooks to access the assets of Worldchefs, including education, culinary innovation, sustainability improvements, and the opportunity to access a global network of likeminded people, food, and cultural diversity.”

My mantra is “teamwork makes the dream work” and with that I call all chefs and cooks in our region to come together and support each other.  Once again, I thank everyone for finding confidence in me to assign me such a dignified position. – Peter Wright

 

With a career spanning over 40 years, Peter is recognized as one of Australia’s leading foodservice experts and as a global event specialist. He held the position of President of the ACF for nine consecutive years. Peter also represented Australia twice at the Culinary Olympics, bringing home gold medals on both occasions. He has completed an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality at NMIT, is a qualified Sports Nutritionist and holds the title as a Worldchefs Certified Master Chef.

Peter brings to the Board a commitment to excellence, a focus on building creative catering solutions that are nutritionally, environmentally, and socially responsible, and a vision to provide our diverse and global community with safe and inclusive workplaces that promote staff development and well-being.


“We look forward to Peter’s contributions to the Board, with his expertise and proven passion for the development of the industry community. Together we will continue to support unity and provide resources to our members and colleagues in the Pacific Rim,” says Worldchefs President Thomas A. Gugler. “We also thank Neil Abrahams for his tenure as Continental Director and for inspiring many Young Chefs and colleagues both regionally and around the globe.

 

MEET PETER WRIGHT: WORLDCHEFS PACIFIC RIM CONTINENTAL DIRECTOR 


From humble beginnings, Peter’s career commenced in the 1980s as he trained to become a chef, graduating at Melbourne’s eminent culinary school William Angliss. During the 90s and the 00s Peter honed his skills through major events and stadiums throughout Australia and internationally, including the Sydney Olympics which was the launching pad for the next 20 years.


Peter Wright is best known for his capacity to organize, plan, and deliver the most complicated food and beverage programs in the world. Peter is the Managing Director of Global Hospitality Group recognized locally as one of Australia’s leading food service experts and internationally as a global event specialist. 


Peter has been involved in many major food service projects and events and has an unprecedented track record for providing the necessary business outcomes. He has led the development of Global Hospitality Group over the past 5 years, seeing substantial growth with offices in Melbourne, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and London. Peter’s company portfolio also includes boutique Melbourne Caterer Calibre Feasts, CaterNut. a menu nutrition and allergen service, and his recent acquisition of Borthwick Foods, Melbourne’s “Menu Solution” food distribution service.


Peter has been awarded Director of Australian Food Services “Chef of the Year” in 2021 and Les Toques Blanches Awards of Excellence, positions that supports his passion of culinary development of Australian Chefs. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Culinary Federation and a member of Les Toques Blanche.

 

Affiliations

  1. Australia Chamber of Commerce

  2. Australian Culinary Federation

  3. Victorian Leaders 

  4. Les Toques Blanches Victorian Branch

  5. Sports Nutrition Australia


Titles and Qualifications

  1. Worldchefs Certified Master Chef 

  2. Worldchefs Certified Chef De Cuisine

  3. Australia Chamber of Commerce, Business Award 2017

  4. Australian Culinary Federation Honorary National President 

  5. Australian Culinary Federation Life Member

  6. The Emirates Culinary Guild Honorary Member

  7. Advanced Diploma in Hospitality

  8. Diploma in Business

  9. Sports Nutrition Certification 

  10. Victorian Leaders Graduate 

  11. Culinary Olympic Australian National Team 2004

  12. Culinary Olympic Victorian Team 1992

 

ABOUT WORLDCHEFS


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, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

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

Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs 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 www.worldchefs.org.

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Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge Final Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge Final Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Concerns 

  • Worldchefs, together with the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) and its partners, the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), the Celtic Manor Resort, and the Welsh Government, have cancelled the anticipated event in Newport scheduled for October 23-26, 2021.

  • Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge Final 2020 had been postposed to October 2021 following the onsite of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Competing countries are invited to send their competitors to the Global Chefs Challenge final at Worldchefs Congress & Expo in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 30 May to 2 June 2022.

Paris, 6 of September 2021  The Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee have announced a cancellation of the Global Chefs Challenge Final 2020, scheduled for October 23-26, 2021. Amid continued concerns of health, safety, and travel restrictions for participating teams, Worldchefs together with the Culinary Association of Wales (CAW) and its partners, the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), the Celtic Manor Resort, and the Welsh Government, made the difficult decision to cancel the anticipated event.

 

The national teams of qualifying countries have been invited to compete in the final at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 in Abu Dhabi. Acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the competitorstraining for this major competition through the COVID-19 uncertainty, Worldchefs Board has expressed gratitude and pride for the commitment and professionality demonstrated by every competiton team.



Participating national teams have been invited to compete in Abu Dhabi during Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022.

 

To support the participation and inclusion of all competitor hopefuls, Worldchefs Board and Culinary Competition Committee have adjusted the age limit for competition in the Global Chefs Challenge events for 2022. The age limit for Abu Dhabi will be changed for the Young Chefs and Commis Chefs to reflect that they be born after 1st January 1995. This will allow all competitors who have been in training the opportunity to showcase their skills in Abu Dhabi. 

 

The Global Chefs Challenge final at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo will mark the first major reunion of international industry professionals. With the backdrop of this historic event, the Global Chefs Challenge will again sees the best chefs from around the planet go head to head in four days of intense competition for the prized trophy and title of Worlds Best Chef. 


To learn more about Worldchefs Congress & Expo, visit www.worldchefscongress.org.

 

ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

 

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, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

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

Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs 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 www.worldchefs.org.

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Mark Your Calendars for International Chefs Day 2021!

Mark Your Calendars: International Chefs Day is October 20th!

Each year on October 20th, we celebrate International Chefs Day.  Since its creation, by the Late Chef Dr. Bill Gallagher in 2004, Worldchefs has committed to using International Chefs Day to celebrate our noble profession, always remembering that it is our duty to pass on our knowledge and culinary skills to the next generation of chefs with a sense of pride and commitment to the future.

Over the past years, Worldchefs has partnered with Nestlé Professional to teach children around the globe about the importance of healthy eating by hosting fun-filled workshops worldwide.

In 2020, many Chefs around the globe did not have the opportunity to have events due to COVID-19 and created short videos to share with children on social media, which became a big hit. The videos allowed us to reach approx.112,000 children. Unfortunately, uncertainty is still around many of us, but we will continue to reach as many children as possible either in-person at a workshop or through online learning and social media. To help, Nestlé Professional has made fantastic adaptions to the toolkit to make online learning easy and accessible.

As Chefs, we are all paying closer attention towards keeping ourselves and others healthy. Having a strong immune system and eating “stress-busting” foods will help us through these challenging times.

We can also help our children, the Worldchefs way by working together in Preparing Children for a Healthy Life. International Chefs Day will once again promote the theme: Healthy Food for the Future.

In 2021, International Chefs Day will also emphasize sustainability and the environment to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. It is vital for us to teach children about the impact that production and consumption of food has on the environment.

We will use this opportunity to teach children about healthy eating by letting them be creative with food. With the Chef’s input, education and help, children will be able to create recipes out of healthy foods and support Healthy Food for the Future.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

All Chefs from around the globe are invited to host their very own Healthy Food for the Future workshop in their region. It can be a workshop for your own children, or a workshop for 300 children, every child can benefit from this experience, and it is important to share this opportunity and message for them to learn and enjoy eating something new!

A toolkit with everything you need to run an event, from instructions to materials to recipes to social media tips, has been prepared for you. Thanks to the Chefs who contributed to the 2021 campaign by submitting recipes! The complete toolkit can be downloaded below. International Chefs Day Committee members and Nestlé Professional regional managers in selected areas are standing by to help you find a venue, connect with schools and more. Just ask, we are always here for you.
Get started by downloading the toolkit

To host a  Healthy Food for the Future workshop on or around October 20, 2021, please contact Vanessa Marquis, Chairman, International Chefs Day Committee at internationalchefsday@worldchefs.org.

Download your toolkit today and join Chefs from around the world by sharing and making a big impact with the children in your community.

Vanessa Marquis, CEC
Chairman, International Chefs Day Committee
“Worldchefs, Preparing Children for a Healthy Life”
internationalchefsday@worldchefs.org

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Honoring the Legacy of Chef Dr. P Soundararajan

Worldchefs is deeply saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Dr. Chef P Soundararajan. Chef Soundararajan was a visionary leader in our community and beyond, a cherished mentor, and an instrumental supporter of Worldchefs’ mission.

As an Honorary Life Member of Worldchefs and in his role as founder General Secretary of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations, Chef Soundararajan dedicated himself to the industry. Known for his tenacity and compassion, his extraordinary contributions to the culinary profession will endure.

A native of Coimbatore, Chef Soundararajan studied mathematics and statistics at the University of Madras before pursuing a Catering and Hotel Management degree from the Institute of Hotel Management – Chennai.

Over more than four decades, Dr. Soundararajan honed his skills as a professional chef, mentor, and speaker. His career began at The Ashok, a part of the Taj Group of Hotels, where he trained under the French Chef Roger Moncourt. He was assigned to Catering for the prestigious Asian Games, cooking for close to six thousand athletes every day.

“The Prime Minister’s Chef!” was his first major success, being appointed as the “Chef” in charge at the Official State House of the Prime Minister in New Delhi. Here he prepared all the state banquets hosted by the Prime Minister and the Vice President of India, cooking for more than 40 heads of state, including Nelson Mandela, K P. Bhattarai, and Maumoon Gayoom.

Seizing an opportunity to expand his culinary skills, Soundararajan joined the Ashok Kovalam Hotel at Thiruvananthapuram and trained in Royal Cuisine from some of the best master chefs of the Travancore Kingdom. In 1984, he worked as a chef at Kanishka Hotel and gained tremendous knowledge and experience working with Chef J M. Chaudhuri.

He served as Corporate Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, India’s leading lifetime holiday company with 50 resorts across the country, from 1997 to May of 2019.

A renowned member of the culinary community in India, Chef Soundararajan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Vels University, presented by the former President of India, Dr. A P J. Abdul Kalam. He was the recipient of the prestigious National Award from the Ministry of Tourism, the Golden Star Award from the South India Culinary Association, and also represented India in the Bocuse d’Or global competition.

Dr. Soundararajan received Certification in World Cuisine from the Culinary Institute of America and a fellowship from St. Nicholas University, Louisiana. Nominated to represent India as a member of Worldchefs Education Committee, he spearheaded sustainability initiatives, and lent his expertise to the first Worldchefs Global Hospitality Certification program, participating in the Worldchefs Certification Pilot Program in India. He was also a Worldchefs Certified Judge.

We thank Chef Soundararajan for a lifetime of remarkable contributions to our profession. He will be missed, and his memory will be honored by all those whose lives he has touched. His legacy continues with the next generation of industry leaders who will carry his torch forward.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Worldchefs President, Thomas A. Gugler, shares a message of farewell after the passing of Dr. Chef P Soundararajan:


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The Australian Culinary Federation Announces a New Partnership Between Australian Culinary Federation Young Chefs & Simplot Australia Pty Ltd.

Media Release – For Immediate Release Tuesday 27th July 2021

As the new principal partner of the ACF Young Chefs for 2021/22 Simplot Australia will be providing 200 young Australian chefs, apprentices or culinary students under the age of 25 years old with 12 month membership of the ACF Young Chefs & the ACF. ACF young chefs are established in all ACF regions & are mentored by leading chefs in their state or territory

Simplot is also working with the ACF to help raise young chefs’ profile in Australia and promote the advantages of belonging to an industry-based association.

Simplot is one of the country’s largest suppliers in the foodservice industry and they have a strong connection with the culinary industry. Their quality products and well-known brands can be found in pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, hospitals, aged care facilities, and quick-service restaurants.
David White, Simplot Australia’s Executive Chef, said, “We are delighted to be supporting the next generation of young Australian chefs through this partnership and are proud to be working with this great association who have a passion and dedication for the future of the culinary industry”.
Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. Just like careful planting, tending and harvesting lead to the best products, similarly, Simplot is dedicated to supporting and cultivating the future leaders of our industry.
The ACF young chefs is developed in line with Worldchefs young chefs and guided by the four pillars – Friendship, Education, Cuisine and Culture. It aims to give the next generation of up-and-coming chefs an educational and mentoring forum. In addition, it promotes friendship, culinary excellence, and the importance of cultural understanding and humanitarianism in Australia and around the world. ACF young Chefs have the opportunity to take part in initiatives such as the Young Chef Culinary Culture Exchange Program and Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum.

President Karen Doyle says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young chefs, being a member of ACF Young Chefs will demonstrate passion, dedication and ensuring the future of our industry, leading to worldwide networking opportunities, competitions, mentoring, educational and social events”.

– ENDS –

Released 27th July 2021 
Media Contact ACF National Office Inc – Deb Foreman
M | 0412 670 923         E | deb@austculinary.com.au W|www.austculinary.com.au

About the Australian Culinary Federation:

The ACF was formed in 1994 by a group of passionate chefs with a vision for change in the representation of Cooks, Chefs, Apprentices and Culinary Students. The formation of seven State and Territory Chapters resulted in the ACF’s establishment as a national representative body.

For almost 30 years the ACF has been the peak industry body dedicated to promoting camaraderie and culinary education of Chefs, Cooks, Apprentices and Culinary Students, raising the skill levels, personal growth, industry profile and wellbeing of the entire industry.
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About Simplot Australia:
Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business that encompasses potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply chilled, frozen, and shelf-stable products to Australia’s major retail and foodservice markets. We are the last Australian grown frozen and shelf-stable vegetable provider of any scale in Australia and we are proud to support our local farming communities.

Simplot is home to Australia’s favourite food brands, including John West, Leggo’s, Birds Eye, Edgell, I&J and Chiko. We have six Australian manufacturing sites and employ more than 2,000 Australians. For more information about Simplot Australia visit: www.simplot.com.au
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    Donate to Chefs with Compassion

    South Africa needs your support. Help the SA Chefs Association, together with Chefs with Compassion and the help of dozens of chefs from around South Africa, to feed the hunger. Read their open letter below and please donate if you can.

    Dear Chef,

    Over the last week, you may have seen or heard on the news of the unprecedented widespread riots in parts of South Africa. The reasons are complex but are certainly grounded in the vast socio-economic challenges that are present in South Africa. The destruction is immense and affects many of the more vulnerable sectors of our country. Coupled with the ongoing COVID pandemic, these riots will have a devasting long-lasting effect on regional economies, supply chains, and subsequent hunger within South Africa.

    Last year, on the initiative of one Che, Phillipe Frydman, a feeding scheme was formed as a response to the hard lockdown. A registered charity was created with the primary mission of feeding the less fortunate within our society. Food was rescued from locked down hotels and restaurants, unsold fresh produce saved from the incinerator at the fresh produce market and donated almost expired dry goods were turned into nutritious meals. To date Chefs with Compassion has cooked approximately 1,8 million meals, largely from rescued produce that otherwise would have gone to waste.

    We are certainly not the only organisation who is tackling the problem of food waste and the vast issue of hunger in South Africa, however, two large organisations have temporarily stopped their operations due to the current unrest. Something which I understand.

    We at Chefs with Compassion have resolved to continue, our volunteers on ground (some of them operating in the unrest areas) have convinced us that that the need is greater than the intimidation factor.

    It is for this reason I am writing asking your assistance. We need funds to continue. I am aware that the pandemic is global and all of us have been affected financially, emotionally, and on a very personal level. here exists within all societies across the globe donor apathy and fatigue- we all want to move on with our lives. However, for many people here, that is just not possible. Hunger is real, food waste is real – we can change that if we try. Chefs with Compassion has proven that we can alter someone’s day by feeding them.

    Even though the organisation is run by volunteers we still have costs – from the rental of our Sharehouse ( it where all the produce comes in before it is shared out to all the wonderful chefs and cooks ), to the rental of trucks, the utilities, and more.

    I humbly ask you to help us raise funds in your country with your chefs Association. Your Dollar, Euro, and Pounds stretch far in this beautiful country. Literally, every cent counts in these troubled times. For less than a dollar, we can produce and deliver a nutritious meal.

    Sadly, our resources are currently stretched – with supply chains been halted from the coast- many communities are being forgotten – the news and support are mainly focusing on the larger cities of Durban and Johannesburg – between them lies many small towns some of them have no fuel, food, medicine or water. In addition to our committed network of kitchen hubs across the country, we leave on Monday with some 4 tons of essentials from Johannesburg. A small first step

    The South African people and particularly the culinary community fondly and thankfully remembers the various Cooks Tours against Hunger which was hosted by the Chefs Association- unfortunately, we cannot do these activities at this time. Humbly, we ask you to send what you can in terms of financial aid – every dollar, euro, pound, and yen will make a difference to fellow humans, and it will all be accounted for – the charity is run by volunteer chefs.

    Without your support, many will go to bed hungry, food waste will continue and the key philosophy– Good Clean and Fair food for all, will undoubtedly take a back seat as community poverty increases in these uncertain times.
    If you have any questions, I would be happy to provide you with more information about how you can help support our work at Chefs with Compassion. Email: arnold@foodonthemove.co.za.

    We greatly appreciate your donation, and it will be used to continue to rescue produce, cook nutritious meals and feed the vulnerable.

    Please join us! Please share with other organisations and institutions who you feel may be able to help. With your donation, we’re one step closer to achieving our goal of raising $100 thousand dollars from chefs, cooks, and producers across the globe.

    With culinary regards,

    Arnold Tanzer

    www.cwc.org.za

    Donate via EFT

    Bank Name: First National Bank Account Holder: Chefs with Compassion
    Account Type: Cheque Account Number: 62852995269 Branch Code:250655 Swift: FIRNZAJJ.

    Donate via Payfast:

    https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/chefswithcompassion


    To learn more about Chefs with Compassion and their great work, you can watch Episode 4 of Sustainability Around the World.

    You can also read more about them in the latest issue of Worldchefs Magazine.

    To find out how you can get involved at Chefs with Compassion visit their website cwc.org.za and their Facebook page Chefs with Compassion.

    For more on the South African Chefs Association, visit sachefs.co.za.


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      Alshaya Group First in MENA to Offer Global Hospitality Certification

      A unique career certification programme for Alshaya food professionals, created in partnership with Worldchefs and City & Guilds UK

      As part of its ongoing investment in people, Alshaya Group, one of the world’s leading brand franchise operators has launched the Alshaya Global Hospitality Certification (AGHC), a unique international culinary certification to help develop the careers of its professional culinary employees.

      With a wide portfolio of award-winning restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Texas RoadHouse, Asha’s, Dean & Deluca, Bouchon Bakery and Princi, Alshaya Group has a strong hospitality footprint in the region bringing customers a wide choice of well-loved international restaurant brands.

      The Alshaya Global Hospitality Certification (AGHC) is recognised by the City & Guilds of London Institute (City & Guilds) and endorsed by the World Association of Chef’s Societies (Worldchefs). AGHC. The first of its kind in the region the certification programme provides employees in Alshaya Group’s hospitality division with professional recognition for their skills and expertise, benchmarked to international standards.

      AGHC is fully funded by Alshaya for its employees as part of Alshaya’s ongoing investment in its people and provides a fully portable, practical, and professional qualification. Certification is broken down into five levels, depending on the employee’s expertise and level of responsibility. No exams or study time is needed, and certification is based solely on experience and level of responsibility and is assessed by an independent panel. Certification is made in the form of a digital badge, which provides a portable secure method to showcase achievements and allows for a physical certificate to be printed, if required.

      AGHC will make it possible for Alshaya employees to get recognised for the skills and experience they have developed whilst working and will help them stand out from the crowd as their career develops.

      Commenting on the new certification, Matthew Holgate, President – Hospitality Division at Alshaya Group said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Worldchefs and City & Guilds to introduce this international culinary certification for our employees. We continually invest in our people and recognise that career development and training is critically important to maintaining world-leading levels of excellence. Professional development is key to this and we have seen what incredible things can happen when our employees are empowered with new skills and confidence. We are extremely happy and proud to be offer this unique certification programme.”

      This article was originally published by Worldchefs Collaborative Partner Alshaya Group


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      Global Vegan Chefs Challenge to Launch in 2024

      Global Vegan Chefs Challenge to Launch in 2024

      Paris, 13 of July 2021  – The World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs) announced today the Global Vegan Chefs Challenge will be launched during the 2024 Worldchefs Congress in Singapore.  

      Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler stated, “The Global Vegan Chefs Challenge will be an exciting opportunity for Worldchefs members interested in expanding and showcasing their expertise and knowledge of Vegan Cuisine.”

      As part of the Global Chefs Challenge Series, the Global Vegan Chefs Challenge will join the Global Chefs Challenge, Global Pastry Chefs Challenge and Global Young Chefs Challenge.

      Global Chefs Challenge Finals 2018

      The Global Vegan Chefs Challenge will include 8 countries with 1 team per Continent (7) and 1 team representing the host country, bidding to take home the title of Global Vegan Chef Champion. Each Continent will be required to select their finalist through a semi-final cook-off.

      The teams will consist of a chef (any age) and an apprentice, culinary student or commis chef under 25 years of age as of January 1, 2024. They will be required to prepare and present a well-balanced 4 course Vegan Menu including amuse bouche, cold or warm appetizer, main course, and dessert.

      Culinary Competition Committee Chairman Rick Stephen stated, “The Global Vegan Chefs Challenge will support Worldchefs mission as leaders in global culinary advancement and culinary competitions.”

      For more information, contact:

      Rick Stephen, Chairman

      Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee

      Email:  office@worldchefs.org

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      Featured photo credit: Restaurant Guru

      ABOUT WORLDCHEFS 

      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, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

      Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

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

      Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs 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 www.Worldchefs.org.