The 2018 World Chefs Congress held in Kuala Lumpur sore more than 140 Registered Young Chefs representing their countries. The most on record world chefs has seen so far. Young chefs from all over the globe registered and participated in the Bill Gallagher Young Chef forum in Malaysia. This is a forum organised by Andy Cuthbert (Chairmen), Allan Oreal (Vice Chairmen), members of the youth development committee and the Malaysian Young Chefs Club. Australia had representatives from Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania. This congress, we were represented by more than 20 young chefs and did Australia proud.
The young chefs participated in four days of the congress with the forum tailored pacifically for young chefs. We had many outings, including having the privilege to pack 100,000 meals for the ‘Rise against hunger’ campaign. We all geared up with hair nets, gloves and packed meals for the mal-nourished. This was an extremely humbling experience for the young chefs to be involved in, all thanks to Sunway University Malaysia.
We also had a 5.00am start to experience the ‘wet market’, where we were split in small groups for a guided tour through the market. We were taken through the meat, seafood and produce section of market where hundreds of people would shop for their fresh produce. This was an extremely interesting start to our day.
The four days were planned very carefully with one-on-one conversations with guest speakers. We were able to ask questions and interact with some amazing and inspirational chefs. No question was off limits, however tight on time it became an integral part of the forum, to be able to hear about the lives and stories of these great role models and learn from their careers.
We also experienced the formalities of the conference, attending the award ceremonies, elections and congress bid for 2022. Many friendships were made and minds were blown away, with over 1000 chefs and delegates in attendance. The expo was a great chance for chefs to walk through and discover new products, showcasing industry products from all over the world. We also had a chance to check out the competitions which ran over three days. Global Chef, Pastry Chef and Hans Bueschkens competitors were then awarded on the final night of the Gala dinner.
We can’t thank the hard workers behind the success of the Bill Gallagher Young Chef’s forum enough for sustaining and encouraging the future of the culinary industry. We hope all the Australian young chefs have learnt all things food, sustainability and charity and have made long life friends through this life changing experience.