June 2, 2019

Results from the Global Chefs Challenge Americas Regional Semi-Final

Paris, France· 3 June 2019: Results from the Global Chefs Challenge Americas Regional Semi-Finals

The Americas Regional Semi-Finals for the Global Chefs Challenge were held in Toronto, Canada, 25 May 2019. Selected through champion performance at national competitions, participating teams representing Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Chile competed to show their mastery in 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 Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF), the competition was held at Humber College in Toronto. To read an event write-up from Humber Today, visit this link. 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
  • Gold: Canada, Chef Derick Flores
  • Silver: United States, Chef Todd Leonard
  • Bronze: Chile, Chef Homero Burgos
Global Pastry Chefs Challenge
  • Gold: United States, Chef William M. Racin
Global Young Chefs Challenge - Hans Bueschkens Trophy
  • Gold: United States, Chef Utahna Selena Warren
  • Silver: Mexico, Chef Juan Jose Piimentel Vazquey

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

Global Chefs Challenge
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Russia
  • Wales
Americas Semi-Final qualifying teams: Canada

Global Pastry Chefs Challenge
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Russia
Americas Semi-Final qualifying teams: United States.

Global Young Chefs Challenge - Hans Bueschkens Trophy
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Russia
Americas Semi-Final qualifying teams: United States.

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

The Canadian Culinary Federation and Worldchefs thank Humber College and their fantastic team of professionals and volunteers for supporting and hosting the weekend of culinary competition. Special thanks to our competition sponsors: Nestlé Professional, Les vergers Boiron, Dilmah Tea, and the VanDrie Group for their 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 Pacific regional selection, held in Melbourne, Australia, the 23rd of June, 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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