24 September 2013

Report on WACS APF Young Chefs Gathering

Report on WACS APF Young Chefs Gathering

The WACS Asia Presidents Forum (APF) Young Chefs Gathering was held on 15 and 16 September 2013, in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. 

Representatives of eight Young Chefs Club from Asia attended the gathering, with a total of more than 40 participants. The last time an asian young chefs gathering was held was in 2007’s APF.

The Young Chefs visited the Selayang Wholesale Market in the wee hours of the morning, and learned about the local produce and fishes available. They were then treated to the best Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice) in town, for breakfast.

Most of the young chefs who came as strangers were quick to have the ice broken, and started to interact with one another. The Chefs Association of Malaysia also hosted the participants to a sumptuous lunch at the Parkroyal Hotel.  They then proceeded to a meeting room for an afternoon of discussion on topics ranging from competitions, exchange programs, connectivity and sharing about their Young Chefs Club. Andy Cuthbert, Chairman of the WACS Young Chefs Development Team also shared with them his working experiences and about the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum 2014.

On Day Two, the young chefs joined in their country association Presidents for their meeting. They came to understand what the other country associations were doing, and the functions of WACS. The young chefs were also given an hour to present themselves, which the presidents of the respective YCCs took the opportunity to showcase their clubs. Two YCCs were also introduced into the our family of Young Chefs Clubs: The LTB Philippines Young Chefs Club and the Korea Young Chefs Club. Other activities during the APF included a Dilmah Tea pairing workshop, and the opening dinner of the Food and Hotel Malaysia 2013.

The WACS Young Chefs Development Team would like to thank Chefs Association Malaysia and Youth Chefs Club Malaysia for arranging the gathering and making it a success.

Jasper Jek
WACS Young Chef Ambassador (Asia)

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