WORLDCHEFS HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBERS

In 1928 at the Sorbonne University in Paris, the newly formed World Association of Chefs Societies bestowed the title of Honorary President upon Auguste Escoffier, the most famous chef in the world. In the years preceding, as the membership of Worldchefs continued to grow, it was decided that individuals who had contributed to the culinary profession in an exemplary manner would receive a prestigious medal of honour - the Honorary Lifetime Member award - the highest recognition awarded by Worldchefs.

Honorary Lifetime Awards are bestowed every two years, at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo, a bi-annual must-attend global chefs event. Access to this exclusive honour is limited - there can only be as many Lifetime Award recipients as there are fully paid Worldchefs member countries. Of a global base of 10 million chefs worldwide, there are currently just under 100 Honorary Lifetime Members alive today.

For a complete list see below.

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AUSTRALIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Aelfryn Bailey
Claudio Magris 1990 - Singapore
Barry Wright 1992 - Frankfurt
Paul Moore 2010 - Santiago
Glenn Austin 2014 - Stavanger

AUSTRIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

J. Eckl 1968 - Geneva
Karl Duch 1968 - Geneva
Max Dick 1968 - Geneva
E. Faseth 1974 - Banff
Hans Hofer 1976 - Frankfurt
Helmut Misak 1976 - Frankfurt
Franz Zimmer 1979 - Paris
Herbert Hupfel 1982 - Wien
Karl Ruppert 1988 - Johannesburg
Helmut Stadlbauer 1992 - Frankfurt

BRAZIL

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Jorge E. Monti 2010 - Santiago

CANADA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Hans Bueschkens 1976 - Frankfurt
Georges Chauvet 1984 - Orlando
Henri Dane 1984 - Orlando
Cornelia Volino 2004 - Dublin

CHILE

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Fernando A. De la Fuente Espina 2010 - Santiago
Jacqueline Rodríguez Echevarría 2010 - Santiago

CHINA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Yang Liu 2008 - Dubai
Biang Jiang 2016 - Thessaloniki

CUBA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Gilberto Smith Duquesne 1986 - Ljulbljana
Eddy Fernades Monte 2010 - Santiago

CZECH REPUBLIC

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

M. Dusko 1972 - Frankfurt
Julius Dubovsky 2002 - Kyoto

DENMARK

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Poul Nielsen 1979 - Paris

EGYPT

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Markus Iten 2016 - Thessaloniki

ENGLAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Léonard Howe 1982 - Vienna
Brian Cotterill 1988 - Johannesburg
Anton Mosimann OBE 1990 - Singapore
Kenneth Fraser MBE 2002 - Kyoto
Colin Capon 2002 - Kyoto

FINLAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

O. Norha 1974 - Banff
Martti Lehtinen 2006 - Auckland

FRANCE

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

August Escoffier 1928 - Paris
M. Dutrey 1974 - Banff
J. Donon 1974 - Banff
Auguste Guyet 1976 - Frankfurt
Paul Bocuse 1990 - Singapore

GERMANY

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Karl Scheuerpflug 1968 - Geneva
Erich Moeller 1970 - Budapest
Bernhard Drueppel 1970 - Budapest
Ludwig Sorgenfrei 1972 - Frankfurt
Josef Dobler 1974 - Banff
Joseph Koenig 1976 - Frankfurt
Helmut Roock 1979 - Paris
Heinz H. Veith 1982 - Wien
Norbert Gillmayr 1984 - Frankfurt
Dr. H. C. Siegfried Schaber 1990 - Singapore
Reinhold Metz 1994 - Stavanger
Gerhard Bauer 1994 - Stavanger
Gerhard Dammert 1998 - Melbourne
Klaus Wilfried Meyer 2004 - Dublin

HONG KONG

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Rudolf Muller 2012 - Daejeon

HUNGARY

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Emil Turos 1970 - Budapest
József Venesz 1972 - Frankfurt
Károly Unger 1992 - Frankfurt
István Lukács 1996 - Jerusalem
István Petö 2010 - Santiago
Karoly Varga 2016 - Thessaloniki

ICELAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Helgi Einarsson 2016 - Thessaloniki
Hilmar Jonsson 2016 - Thessaloniki

INDIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Manjit Singh Gill 2010 - Santiago
Dr. Palaniappan Soundararajan 2016 - Thessaloniki

IRELAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Brendan O'Neill 2004 - Dublin
John Clancy 2004 - Dublin

ISRAEL

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Helmut Uhi 1968 - Geneva
Uri Guttmann 1988 - Johannesburg
IIan Roberg 1996 - Jerusalem

ITALY

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Mario Ercoli
Enzo Dellea 1974 - Banff
Paolo Caldana 2008 - Dubai
Konrad Spinell 2010 - Santiago

JAPAN

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Saly Weil 1968 - Geneva
Bunjiro Saito 1972 - Frankfurt
Shiro Deguchi 2000 - Maastricht
Shuichi Nishimura 2002 - Kyoto
Toshi Utsunomiya 2012 - Daejeon
Shojiro Urabe 2016 - Thessaloniki

LUXEMBOURG

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Nicolas Faber 1980 - Milano
Charles Kremer 1980 - Milano
Gaston Junck 1990 - Singapore
Germain Gretsch 1994 - Stavanger
Aloyse Jacoby 2000 - Maastricht
Arthur Sauber 2006 - Auckland
Jules Blau 2008 - Dubai
Armand Steinmetz 2010 - Santiago

MACAU

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

John Sloane 2014 - Stavanger

MALAYSIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Yau Kok Kheong 2012 - Daejeon

NETHERLANDS

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

J.Theo Herring 1968 - Geneva
Jan Hekkelmann 1990 - Singapore
Wynand Vogel 1996 - Jerusalem
Johann Geervliet 2000 - Maastricht

NEW ZEALAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Graham Hawkes 2000 - Maastricht
Sidney Young 2002 - Kyoto
Murray Dick 2006 - Auckland

NORWAY

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Paul Hugo Schaltenbrand 1970 - Budapest
Andre Engh 1974 - Banff
Arvid Skogseth 1984 - Orlando
Lauritz Hansen 1994 - Stavanger

POLAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Kurt Scheller 2004 - Dublin

PORTUGAL

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Fausto Luigi Airoldi 2014 - Stavanger

ROMANIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Dumitru Burtea 2000 - Maastricht

RUSSIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Natasha Nomofilova 2012 - Daejeon

SCOTLAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Tony Jackson 2008 - Dubai
Neil Thomson 2014 - Stavanger

SINGAPORE

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Ernst Huber 1992 - Frankfurt
Otto Weibel 2002 - Kyoto
Peter Knipp 2004 - Dublin
Dr Rick Stephen 2006 - Auckland
Frank Arne Naesheim 2006 - Auckland

SLOVAKIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Frantisek Janata 2008 - Dubai
Ondrej Antovszky 2010 - Santiago

SLOVENIA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Janez Lencek 1986 - Ljublijana
Iztok Legat 2012 - Daejon
Srecko Koklic 2014 - Stavanger

SOUTH AFRICA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Dr Bill Gallagher 1988 - Johannesburg
Wolfgang Voight 1992 - Frankfurt
Brian McCune 2000 - Maastricht
Arnold Tanzer 2014 - Stavanger
Manfred Muller 2014 - Stavanger

SRI LANKA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Alan Palmer 1990 - Singapore

SWEDEN

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Gert Klotzke 2014 - Stavanger

SWITZERLAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Emile Perrin 1970 - Budapest
Willy Brenneisen 1972 - Frankfurt
Natale Viscardi 1974 - Banff
Albert Bochatay 1976 - Frankfurt
Bruno Berner 1982 - Wien
Joseph Ammann 1984 - Orlando
Norbert Schmidiger 1990 - Singapore
Vincent Bossotto 1992 - Frankfurt
Georges Knecht 1998 - Melbourne
Patrick Diethelm 2010 - Santiago

THAILAND

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Marco Bruschweiler 2008 - Dubai

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Alen Thong 2008 - Dubai

USA

MEMBER

YEAR HONORED

Jack Sullivan 1968 - Geneva
Amato Ferrero 1974 - Banff
Hermann Rusch 1976 - Frankfurt
Richard Bosnjak 1984 - Orlando
Baron Galand 1984 - Orlando
Ferdinand Metz 1990 - Singapore
Keith Keogh 1996 - Jerusalem
L. Edwin Brown 1996 - Jerusalem
Dr. Timothy Ryan 1998 - Melbourne
Reimund Pitz 2000 - Maastricht
Noel Cullen 2002 - Kyoto
Louis Perrotte 2006 - Auckland
Edward Leonard 2008 - Dubai

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