November 23, 2016

The Worldchefs Global Young Chefs Challenge Debuts for the First time in Sirha, Lyon 2017

Landmark partnership will bring additional exposure to the global young chef community.

The countdown for the first Worldchefs Global young Chefs Challenge at Sirha, Lyon has started!

The competition, formerly known as the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge has been in existence since 2002, will debut for the first time at Sirha, the international food and beverage exhibition in Lyon this 2017.

The Global Young Chefs Challenge will take place on the 25th January 2017 at the “cuisine on Stage” in hall 2.2. It will run on the same day as the world’s most famous culinary competition, the Bocuse d’Or finals, which will take place in the nearby hall.

This edition will see participants from 8 countries sharpening their skills to take home the Hans Bueschkens Trophy and emerge as champion at the Global Young Chef Challenge.

The competitors are : Salvatore Canargiu (Italy), Eric Seger (Sweden), Marianus Von Horsten (Germany), Lynette TSH Payuda (Singapore), Victor Hugo Perez Ruiz (USA), Rahil Rathod (UAE), Christopher Malone (Australia) and Michael Tan (France).

Each team consists of one competitor and his/her appointed assistant, and requirements state that both need to be below 25 years of age. The competitors will have to prepare three course meals for 6 people by using pre-determined ingredients for jury evaluation and for photos and media. The first course will comprise of the entrée, followed by main course, and finally the dessert.

In previous editions, the Global Young Chefs Challenge has always taken place alongside the Global Chefs Challenge and Global Pastry Chef Challenge during the biennial World Chefs Congress.

Sirha receives almost 200 000 professional visitors from 135 countries whereof 20 000 are chefs. Sirha is covered by 1000 journalists with 2 300 media-web down fall during that week and 6.4 million page views. It also hosts the world most prestigious individual cooking competition, the Bocuse d’Or.

At Sirha, the stage promises to be bigger and more spectacular. The arena will consist of a 1,000 m2 area, fully-equipped with 8 professional Kitchens, a VIP lounge and a grand stand to welcome 100 spectators.

Says Thomas Gugler, President, “The world is changing rapidly today; and so is the world of chefs. We have been developing this platform for the young chefs, as they will pave the way for us in the near future. We believe this will contribute significantly to their experience.”

Ragnar Fridriksson, Managing Director of Worldchefs shared, “We are always finding ways to bring value to the Worldchefs community and to our partners. The young chefs are the next generation of chefs, and by working with our partners, we are able to create a world-class competition of this scale to bring this to the next level.”

Get your VIP Access to Sirha Lyon 2017! - 21st to 25th January 2017 -

FIVE days of full-on access to the first-ever Global Young Chefs Challenge, Worldchefs Partner Village, the Bocuse d'Or and Coupe du Monde!

Simply sign up for a myCHEFSPACE to win your VIP pass!

Hurry up, you only have till the end of 2016. 


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