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International Day of the Chef

Each year on 20 October 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. Chefs have a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact in our communities by celebrating this special day with children. Every October, Chefs come together to inspire and educate the next generation about the joys of cooking, healthy eating, and the importance of sustainability.

Over the past years, Worldchefs has partnered with Nestlé Professional to teach children around the globe by providing a toolkit and guiding Chefs to host fun-filled workshops worldwide.

We can help our children the Worldchefs way by working together in Preparing Children for a Healthy Life. The annual campaign promises to inspire curiosity, creativity, and a love for cooking among children from all walks of life. By sharing the joys of the culinary profession, Nestle Professional and Worldchefs hope to leave a lasting impact on young hearts, nurturing the potential of future culinary leaders.

NZ Chefs Championships 23 - Sponsors

NZ Chefs would like to thank all our sponsors, without you this event would not be possible. More sponsor info
Matt McBain

Worldchefs International Judge Matt McBain was Chief Judge of the Worldchefs Global Chef Competition at Fine Food NZ in Auckland. NZ Chefs is delighted to welcome this acclaimed and talented and multi-Award-winning Patisserie and Cookery chef. To list just a few of his accomplishments is totally inspiring . We chose some events with 3 achievements:

* Australian Culinary Federation [ACF] ‘triple’: ACF Chef of Year, Pastry Chef of Year and Culinary Artist of the Year
* Representing ACF at Worldchefs Culinary Olympics – 3 Gold medals
* ACF Culinary Team Korea and Thailand – 3 Gold medals
* Patisserie Judge in Las Vegas, Paris and soon Auckland NZ

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November 2023   October 2023  September update  September 2023  August update   August 2023 
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Congratulations Quinn

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NZ Chefs are delighted to announce Quinn Ojala will be the commis Chef to assist NZ's Global Chef Challenger, Cam Davies at the Grand Final at the Worldchefs Congress in Singapore in October 2024.
Quinn has finished his NZ Certificate in Cookery level 4 at Ara [2023] and is working as a chef in Christchurch.
NZ Chefs Board member Mark Sycamore who headed the panel of Judges said, 'Congratulations to Quinn who was selected from a very talented group. It's great to see the calibre of emerging chefs in NZ.'

NZ Chefs acknowledges and thanks the following judging panel for their time and expertise: Mark Sycamore, Cam Davies, and Pip Duncan.

Australian Culinary Federation

The Australian Culinary Federation is the peak industry organisation representing professional Chefs, Cooks, Young Chefs, Apprentices and Culinary Students across all matters relevant to the cooking and hospitality industries

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Worldchefs Webinar - The Fresh Cut: Singapore Sling & Lychee Martini

In this webinar, experts from At-Sunrice will walk you through the similarities and differences between eastern and western versions of cocktails.

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Worldchefs Magazine

Please follow the link below to view the electronic version.

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Beef + Lamb Young Ambassador Chef 2023

We are searching for a talented young chef who is looking to grow their culinary skills and expand their future as a chef by joining with four current Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs - Applications are now open.

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