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About Worldchefs Congress & Expo

Since 1928, Worldchefs Congress & Expo has united a global community of chefs and cross-industry innovators to explore the past, present, and future of the culinary trade.

Connect with thought-leaders and key influencers from progressive, relevant industries for an immersive program designed to promote collaboration, build relationships, and set light to a shared vision for the future of hospitality.

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Congress History

Worldchefs Congress & Expo brings together chef delegates and professionals from across the five continents to network and expand their professional bonds. The unique program delivers presentations and workshops from leading experts in the industry, impactful educational programs including the Worldchefs Educators’ Forum, specialized events designed to uplift the next generation of chefs such as the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, the Global Chefs Challenge culinary competition, an international trade exhibition, and diverse activities to enhance both your personal and professional network.

Over the course of 96 years of history, Worldchefs Congress & Expo has been organized in 39 cities around the globe.

For insight into the events of Congresses past, see the highlights from recent years below.

The 39th Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 was held in Abu Dhabi from 30 May to 2 June. One of the largest chef gatherings globally since the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated event welcomed international industry professionals from over seventy countries under the banner of Rise Together. In collaboration with the 25th Emirates International Salon Culinaire, the Expo brought together more than 5,200 attendees and 347 companies to showcase food, drink, equipment, services, skills, and education.

The 37th Worldchefs Congress was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018. Celebrating Worldchef’s 90-year anniversary, the 2018 Congress brought together more than 4,000 chefs from 105 countries, 6,000 delegates, 200 exhibitors, 20 speakers, and 70 participants of the Global Chefs Challenge. The cast of speakers included Andre Chiang, chef-founder of two-Michelin starred Restaurant Andre, Chef Alvin Leung, executive chef of three-Michelin starred eatery Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, Australian celebrity chef, TV personality Peter Kuruvita, and more. Delegates had the opportunity to explore the latest trends in hospitality, witness another thrilling Global Chefs Challenge Final, and engage on global topics such as sustainability, social responsibility, and professional development for the next generation of chefs.

The 36th Worldchefs Congress was held in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2016. The Congress program featured master classes and presentations, with keynote presentations from renowned experts such as molecular gastronomy founder Hervé This, Director of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. Issues pertaining to sustainable development were also addressed through the prism of culinary standards and principles and their future prospects. During the 2016 Global Chefs Challenge final, talented chefs surprised the panel of judges and the audience modern takes on Greek cuisine characterized by an emphasis on traditional Mediterranean ingredients.

The Organizers


The global voice of culinary professionals

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.

An Overview of the Singapore Chefs Association

Co-organizer of Worldchefs Congress 2024

With a history of more than twenty five years, the Singapore Chefs Association is the official government recognised non profit oriented national chefs association representing professional cooks in the local food and beverage industry. With a membership strength of more than 700 individual members and more than 60 corporate members, the SCA umbrella includes two strategic sub alliances, the Singapore Pastry Alliance and Singapore Junior Chefs Club. SCA also represents Singapore as a national member in the World Association of Chefs Socities (WACS), the global world chefs association encompassing more than 90 over member countries.

The main objective of SCA is to be the official voice representing chefs working in Singapore in various engagements with the local community, government and fellow food and beverage associations. SCA also establishes and mentors the National Culinary Team for international competitions locally and overseas. The educational and social activities promote interaction and networking among members and helps to train the culinary workforce to improving skills and productivity standards in their respective workplaces.
With its diverse portfolios, the association is managed by a team of dedicated committee members led by SCA President, Chef Eric Neo. The entire committee is made of members who volunteer their personal time in managing the various portfolios throughout the year.

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