The International Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018 comes to Kuala Lumpur

Blogged by @Lan 
For Worldchefs Congress and FoodCult


The Worldchefs Congress & Expo will be taking place in Kuala Lumpur from 11 to 14 July 2018.  This international event will welcome chefs from around the world, making the Malaysian city the central hub of all gastronomic activities, with iconic speakers such as Andre Chiang (Singapore/Taiwan), Alvin Leung (Hong Kong) and Charles Carroll (USA).

The 38th biennial Worldchefs Congress celebrates the association’s 90 year anniversary with an extra bang this 2018, with a stellar line-up of iconic speakers, intense culinary action with the Global Chefs Challenges  and a spectacular Expo with exhibitors.  With iconic chefs such as Andre Chiang (chef founder of Restaurant ANDRE) and Alvin Leung (Executive Chef and co-founder of Bo Innovation) set to share their expertise and dish out tips, it’s an event that should not be missed.

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For the first time, the Congress is hosted by the Professional Culinary Association (PCA) and also the premier time it is held in Malaysia.

Says Thomas Gugler, President of Worldchefs, “The Congress is THE event for all chefs, when you can see thousands of chefs from around the world gather in one place. It’s a time when you can witness a unique mix of camaraderie, learning and progress. The Congress committee has worked very hard to put together a fascinating programme, and this would not have been possible without our sponsors.

Andy Cuthbert, Chairperson of the Congress Committee shared, “We have been refining the programme of every Congress edition to make it even more  relevant to the chefs of today. We are very glad to have a diverse mix of speakers and activities, who will inspire the chef of today, whether you have been in the industry for 30 years, or just two years.

Iconic Speakers

Headlining the line-up of speakers are the two iconic chefs – Andre Chiang  (chef-founder of Restaurant ANDRE) and Alvin Leung (Executive Chef/Co-Founder of Bo Innovation, Hong Kong).

For inspiration on how you can push your boundaries as a chef, sit in for Chef Andre Chiang’s presentation:

 « Octaphilosophy : The Eight Elements of Restaurant Andre Uncover the Most Creative Ideas Behind the Most Creative Chef », where he will share the thinking and concept behind his celebrated culinary philosophy.

Chef Alvin Leung, the celebrity chef also nicknamed as the “demon chef”, will shed light on how a chef can be successful in running a restaurant. His restaurant, Bo Innovation, has scored Michelin stars and multiple awards, carving a unique niche for himself.

Other speakers and topics include:

Speaker  Topic  Sponsor 
Dilhan C Fernando (CEO & Son of Dilmah Founder) and celebrity chef  Peter Kuruvita Tea Inspired Gastronomy by Dilmah Dilmah
Edgar Buhrs  “Rock ‘n’ Veal” Van Drie
Eric Jose Olmedo Panal & Anisha Chai Asia on the Platter: The Making of a National Gastronomy in Malaysia Sunway University
Marcel Thiele

(High End Gastronomy Expert & Spicehunter of Koppert Cress B.V)

Quintessence of Creativity Koppert Cress B.V.)

Megawati Suzari
Director of New Product Development, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Halal for Food Service Ingredients & Compliance Throughout the Supply Chain


Rochelle Schaetzl

Business Capability Development Manager of Nestlé

Professional Switzerland

Ensuring a Sustainable Future of the Culinary Profession






Richmond Lim Beng Poh
(Chef Culinology Officer of Singex-Singapore)
Culinology – Embrace the Future



Kwan Lui (Founder of At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore)



Train the Trainer with Digital Learning




Kwan Lui (Founder of At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore)
Rick Chee (Founder  & CEO, Food Aid Foundation) Connecting the World of Waste to the World of Wants




Jochen Kern

Berjaya University College, Director of Culinary Arts Faculty



Oil : A Culinary Advantage



Malaysian Palm Oil Council


Charles Carroll

Executive Chef, Immediate past President of Worldchefs

Culinary Leadership, United States

Essence of Greatness





Global Chefs Challenges

The  finals of the world’s most awaited global culinary challenge will take place at the Congress. Over the past year, chefs from 70 countries have pitted their skills against one another to land their spot in the finals. At this “Super Bowl for Chefs” event,  chefs will represent their continents and showcase their best culinary skills.

For a profile of the competitors, visit the following links: 

For Global Chefs Challenge

Global Young Chefs Challenge

Global Pastry Chefs Challenge


Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum presented by Nestlé Professional 

The Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum is an exciting program created for young chefs under 25 years of age. Designed both to encompass a learning experience and the opportunity to create friendship with fellow young chefs round the world, the programme has been presented by Nestlé  Professional for three years running. There will be up close and personal sessions with special speakers as well as a special programme created for the young ones.



About Worldchefs

Worldchefs is a thriving global network of more than 100 chefs associations, representing professional chefs at all levels and across all areas of expertise worldwide. Founded in1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris with the venerable August Escoffier as Honorary President, Worldchefs is a global authority on food. Worldchefs establishes impact through leadership and action in three core areas: education – includes our landmark Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program, ongoing professional development & training, and the world’s first global culinary certification; events & competition – Worldchefs provides a gateway to global events and hosts the landmark biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo, home to the Global Chefs Challenge where the world’s best chefs meet to compete; and Feed the Planet – delivers humanitarian and sustainability initiatives which create better lives, better food and better futures across the planet.

About Worldchefs Congress

This bi-annual event is owned by WORLDCHEFS, the global authority of chefs, and co-hosted by the the Professional  Culinary Association (PCA), the Worldchefs member in Malaysia.   Having started 90 years ago  as an event where members of the association gather for the board meetings, the WORLDCHEFS Congress has gone through a revolutionary change since its 2012 edition in Daejeon, Korea. Since 2012,  the programme has grown to include more dynamic segments, such as the inclusion of star chef speakers who share their insights and experiences with fellow chefs.


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