The biennial event for industry leaders and culinary innovators

Worldchefs Congress & Expo unites 5,000 chefs and celebrated voices in gastronomy for a dynamic four-day forum designed to transform an industry into an inspired community.

Help shape future trends through diverse expert workshops and educational programs, an international trade exhibition, and Worldchefs preeminent culinary competition, the Global Chefs Challenge.

Network and expand your professional bonds with the most influential culinary body worldwide. Join us for Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia, 29th July - 1st August.

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years of history

The first Worldchefs Congress was attended by 65 delegates from 17 countries. It was there that August Escoffier was named honorary President. A hallmark tradition since its inception in 1928, Worldchefs Congress & Expo been organized in 38 cities to date.

Today, Worldchefs Congress & Expo brings together a global body of hospitality professionals, representing 110 national chef associations from around the world.

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in the Global Chefs Challenge

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A meeting of


innovative exhibitors and


International Participants

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days featuring


curated events

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Discover St. Petersburg

Russia is delighted to welcome Worldchefs to the vibrant city of St. Petersburg. A gastronomic gem, explore Russia’s rich culinary traditions and beyond.

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Thomas Gugler

President of Worldchefs

The Congress has always been the biennial event for the Worldchefs family to gather. This year, it is clear that it is more than a family reunion, it is also a must-go platform for learning about what the world is doing and what you can do as a chef. See you all in Saint Petersburg!

Viktor Belyaev

President of the Russian Culinary Association

In 2020, we will become a part of a unique event. The whole world of haute cuisine will gather in Saint Petersburg at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo. Young chefs will be introduced to new trends and world practices, experts will share their professional secrets with colleagues from other countries, and guests of the event will be able to taste delicious dishes made by the best competition chefs – participants of the Global Chefs Challenge, where the Russian team will compete for the first time!

Andy Cuthbert

Congress Chairman

I am filled with excitement for this Congress being held in such a historical city. The Congress is building on its strengths year on year, and we have learnt a great deal over the past Congresses on what you, our members, wish to see. We will have a dynamic program that suits all of our delegates and the exhibition from locally based companies in Russia will expose our delegates and visitors to the cultural cuisine aspects of St. Petersburg and beyond. I look forward to seeing you all once again at Congress for another fun-filled 4 days.

Rebecca van Bommel

Worldchefs Young Chef Ambassador & Young Chef Vice President, Canadian Culinary Federation Central Region

The Congress is a fantastic experience for young chefs and a valuable opportunity for networking, site-seeing, experiencing new cultures and learning new techniques of the trade. It's such a unique experience to be in a room full of chefs; and have the ability to both relate to, and learn something new from, each and every one of them. I was so impressed and inspired by my first Congress, I was already planning my trip to the next one before the current Congress was even complete!

Paul Steinar Dalaker

Young Chef Ambassador Europe

Hello, Paul from Norway here! Join Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2020 to meet other young chefs from all over the globe, to come close with excellent chefs, and to shape the future of the organization. Don't get left behind! See you in St. Petersburg.

Vicky T.Y. Leung

Young Chefs Ambassador Mentor, Young Chefs Development Team

I firstly attended Worldchefs Congress in 2010. It is an important occasion to network with chefs from more than 100 countries. Except for networking and learning from each other, there is also inspiration from renowned industry leaders, who can provide advice for your career. Let's meet in St. Petersburg, Russia!

Sampath Bandara

Executive Chef at the Ambassador's residence, Royal Denmark Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

I am really interested to explore Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2020 in St. Petersburg because we can share our own food nature with all around the world. I am so excited! The Kuala Lumpur Congress event was so good!

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