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The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, or Worldchefs in short, is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialties worldwide. It was founded in1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris with the venerable August Escoffier as first Honorary President.

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Worldchefs is a global authority on food, creating impact through these core focus areas:

Education – includes our landmark Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program and the world’s first global culinary certification;

Networking – Worldchefs provides a gateway to global culinary networking opportunities and hosts the landmark biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs upholds a list of certified judges, sets global standards for competition rules, 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;


The World Association of Chefs' Societies (Worldchefs) is a non-political professional organization, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines.

We accomplish these goals through education, training and professional development of our international membership. As an authority and opinion leader on food, Worldchefs represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.

The BCF and Wacs

The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) was founded in 1928 as the governing body for chefs organisations across the world. It brings together associations from over 74 member countries to date and provides a possible networking link with thousands of affiliated chefs and companies. Its primary objective is the education of chefs and is dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisine.

The British Culinary Federation’s national membership of WACS gives members automatic membership of this prestigious worldwide organisation. WACS membership gives the sole right to select officially recognised national culinary teams to compete in international events.

Team success is important! It inspires future generations of chefs to strive for the highest standards and take pride in their chosen profession. Consequently we fully support our national teams as they compete throughout the world, demonstrating the artistry and creativity of culinary skills in our country.
We have enjoyed outstanding success over the years, winning many awards in international competitions including the World Culinary Olympics.

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