October 20, 2014

Macau Celebrates Internation Chefs Day - Rick Stephen's Address The Celebration

Like to share with you what colleagues in Macau have done today for International Chefs Day..

Monday 20th Oct is International Chefs Day and Perry has a very good suggestion to feed lunch to local handicapped kids at their school please help support and get behind us with guest appearance, food and staffing for set up. The organisation is  http://www.afedmm.org.mo/ for around 50pax

Look forward to seeing Macau on WACS Webpage showing the way for International Chefs Day..

Salute to all the Chefs for a great job in the community..


My dear colleagues,
With many celebrations around the world and also here in Asia with our own traditional holidays it is
time for chefs to unite once again for our own special day ‘ International Chefs Day’
Celebrated throughout the 100 countries that belong to the World Association of Chefs Societies, 10
million chefs reflect on this day, created by Dr. Bill Gallagher Honorary Life president of WACS.
The day is about the white coats that are dotted throughout our world and what are we Chefs are doing
for mankind and not just in our world of kitchens, it is also about goodwill, friendship, comradely and to
help those who may need that little extra care or for us to go one more step, to create a special day for
someone or a group.
The 2014 theme is ‘Pass it On!’ so as a chef what are we going to pass on?
Knowledge – there is no greater thing that we can Pass On than our knowledge, years of learning,
training and making many mistakes is a great learning curve for all, and now it is time to Pass it On to
not only our younger generation but to all who want to progress.
Wisdom – some people are born clever and others learn from experience,listening or sharing
information, as Chefs we can Pass it On the wisdom that we have gained in respect to business, a new
cooking technique or even networking with suppliers.
Communication – an art that modern technology has bypassed, and we need to Pass it On the ability to
talk to people one on one and inspire them, lead them with direction and also to lead them on the
correct path in general, too often we are stuck with our face in the computer or our handphone to look
up and verbally communicate with our peers, our parents and more importantly our families. A chef,
who can communicate one on one with his team will find his team will respond far more enthusiastically
and with better results than using communication from a computer generated message.
Passion –can be through inspiration or hands on leadership, to be able to Pass it On or to be able to
inspire a young chef to achieve their own goals and to go beyond their dreams, can only leave you with
a great sense of achievement and pride which is what our industry is based on, Passion, Pride and
Skills – there are chefs that are so naturally talented then there are a few of us that work hard at trying
to be talented, so the challenge here to you is to take up a mentorship and Pass It On the skills of
cooking, communication, your passion and your vision to others, so they may embrace some of your
philosophies on our great industry and not allow them to die through natural attrition.
Giving back to the community – as a chef, we are surrounded by food types of all description on a daily
basis, we can determine how much food we waste or how we can control this area whether you call it
sustainability or any fancy word that we want to use. There are communities here in Asia that are not so
fortunate as others and as a chef we are inspired to Pass it On our food, our friendship and the love of
people by giving back to the community and sharing our food for all to enjoy.
Some chefs may measure themselves by how many medals they have won, what accolades follow them
or how many stars their restaurants have, but we should be measured on how much we have Passed it
On from the list above or what’s in our hearts to our younger generation, our own communities or for
those in need.
Dear colleagues, I wish you a great International Chefs Day !
Dr. Rick Stephen CMC
Continental Director - Asia

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