United Professionals Rise Together

A hallmark industry tradition since 1928, Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 concluded last week following four days of industry networking, educational workshops, and expert-led sessions on the future of hospitality.

The biennial event, held this year in the United Arab Emirates, drew attendees from around the globe to the nation’s capital. One of the largest chef gatherings globally since the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated event welcomed international industry professionals from over seventy countries under the banner of Rise Together.

The 2022 Worldchefs Congress & Expo saw strong attendance reflecting its international mandate and membership, with 44 percent of delegates from the Middle East and Africa regions, 33 percent traveling from Europe, 15 percent from Asia, and 8 percent from the Americas. The diverse career profiles of attendees were led by 67 percent professional chefs, followed by F&B managers and owners (16 percent), industry procurement professionals (11 percent), and distribution and supply experts (6 percent).

The four-day line-up included expert speakers, the Billy Gallagher Young Chefs Forum, intense culinary competition at the Global Chefs Challenge arena, and the region’s singular HORECA sector trade exposition featuring global brands.

New Titleholder of World’s Best Chef

A highlight at the 2022 Worldchefs Congress & Expo, the Global Chefs Challenge brought together the world’s top chefs and emerging culinary talent to test their skills on a global stage. Representing their respective countries and culinary teams, the world’s most promising chefs gave their best in the competition kitchens and at the judging table.

Chef Marco Tomasi of Italy now holds the title of Worlds Best Chef. Italy, Singapore, and Norway won Gold in the Global Chefs Challenge Final’s three competition categories: Global Chefs Challenge, the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, and the Global Young Chefs Challenge.

The 2022 Worldchefs Congress & Expo marks the second hosting efforts by the Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), having hosted the 2008 Worldchefs Congress & Expo in Dubai.

“It means everything to us,” said Uwe Micheel, President of the Emirates Culinary Guild.

“I think we have the most important scene this year. When we say Rise Together, it is at the same time about sustainability, about the foods of the future, which is so important to us in the years to come. But when you speak to our friends here, the most important part of this event is to see everyone again, to be together.”

Alan Orreal, Chairman of the Young Chef Development Committee, noted that for the Young Chefs at Congress, it was very special.

“The Young Chefs that come to Congress have an extraordinary passport to the culture of any city that we go to. They are coming out with a renewed sense of information and learning about what they’ve been doing. Congress is a forum for the conversations that we have to listen to as an industry, and we’re trying to give Young Chefs the tools that they need so they can move forward successfully.”

Planning has already begun for the next biennial Congress, taking place in Singapore in 2024.