World Association of Chefs Societies

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WORLDCHEFS) is a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The venerable August Escoffier was named the first Honourary President.

Today, this global body has 96 official chefs associations as members that represent over 10 million professional chefs world wide. The biennel congress is a hallmark tradition of WORLDCHEFS and has been organised in over 20 cities across the world throughout its illustrious 86-year history.

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.


In 2011, WORLDCHEFS formed a committee to focus on how Chefs can be involved in the important international topic, “How to Feed the Planet in the Future.”  We challenged our members to become aware of the risk our planet is facing and to consider what we as Chefs can do to support the international community so future generations will not face this risk.

Our mission is that everyone on the planet should have access to food and water that is healthy, safe and sufficient. This can only happen if the earth is healthy first.

As members of the culinary community, we share the responsibility to shape the future and create positive change for our planet and our society.
Chefs are expert consumers, transformers and vendors. They touch every layer of society as influencers, trendsetters and innovators.