February 22, 2019

Results from the Global Chefs Challenge Europe Regional Semi-Finals

Paris, France· 22 February 2019: Results from the Global Chefs Challenge Europe Regional Semi-Finals

Europe Regional Semi-Finals for the Global Chefs Challenge were held in Rimini, Italy, 16-19 February 2019. Selected through champion performance at national competitions throughout Europe, participating teams representing Europe South, Central, and North competed to show their mastery in the culinary arts through three competition categories: Global Chefs Challenge, Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, and Global Young Chefs Challenge - Hans Bueschkens Trophy. 

Organized by Worldchefs and the Federazione Italiana Cuochi – FIC, the competition was held in conjunction with Campionati della Cucina Italiana 2019. To view photos of the event, visit our photo album here

Winning teams head to the Finals at Worldchefs Congress & Expo in St. Petersburg, Russia! Catch all of the action live at Worldchefs Congress 2020, July 28 - 31. For tickets to the Global Chefs Challenge final and complete access to Congress & Expo events, register now at www.worldchefscongress.org


Global Chefs Challenge

Europe South

  • Gold: Slovenia, Chef Magajne Marko
  • Silver: Malta, Chef Brady Dalli
  • Bronze: Spain, Daniel Garcia Peinado

Europe Central

  • Gold: Belgium, Chef Sam Van Houcke
  • Silver: Romania, Chef Emanuel Mocan

Europe North

  • Gold: Wales, Chef Danny Burke
  • Silver: Latvia, Chef Zvidrinš Dinars

Global Pastry Chefs Challenge

Europe South

  • Gold: Italy, Chef Antonio Dell'Oro

Europe Central

  • Gold: Hungary, Csaba Nagy
  • Silver: Romania, Chef Flavian Andrei Dobre
  • Bronze: Czech Republic, Jana Šplíchalová

Europe North

  • Gold: Sweden, Chef Kasper Kleihs

Global Young Chefs Challenge - Hans Bueschkens Trophy

Europe South

  • Gold: Italy, Chef Andrea Del Villano 
  • Silver: Malta, Chef Sheldon Sammut

Europe Central

  • Gold: Czech Republic, Chef Vojta Petržela
  • Silver: Romania, Chef Alin Vadean

Europe North

  • Gold: Norway, Chef Aron Espeland
  • Silver: Scotland, Chef Jamie Mackinnon
  • Bronze: Latvia, Chef Dans Ivanovs

Country teams who qualified for the Global Chefs Challenge Final through top placement at the 2018 Culinary World Cup are listed below:

Global Chefs Challenge

  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Russia

Europe Semi-Final qualifying teams: Slovenia, Belgium, and Wales.

Global Pastry Chefs Challenge

  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Russia

Europe Semi-Final qualifying teams: Italy, Hungary, and Sweden.

Global Young Chefs Challenge - Hans Bueschkens Trophy

  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Russia

Europe Semi-Final qualifying teams: Italy, Czech Republic, and Norway.

Congratulations to all competitors who participated. Thank you, Chefs, for your dedication and drive that keep culinary competitions vibrant.

Federazione Italiana Cuochi and Worldchefs thanks the Italian Exhibition Group for hosting a fantastic week of culinary competition.

Special thanks to our competition sponsors: Nestlé Professional, Les vergers Boiron, Dilmah Tea, VanDrie Group, and Vanille Vanille for your continued support and rich contributions to the Global Chefs Challenge and Worldchefs community. 

The next Semi-Final for the Global Chefs Challenge will be the Americas regional selection, held in Toronto, Canada, the 25th and 26th of May, 2019. To learn more about the Global Chefs Challenge and the Road to St. Petersburg, visit www.globalchefschallenge.org.


The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier. Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through these core focus areas:

Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, our expansive network of Worldchefs Certified Schools and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs provides a platform for connection to chefs around the world, and a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the preeminent biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and runs the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarian & Sustainability – our Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

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