June 28, 2019

Results from the Global Chefs Challenge Pacific Regional Semi-Final

Paris, France · 28 June 2019: Results from the Global Chefs Challenge Pacific Regional Semi-Final

The Pacific Regional Semi-Final for the Global Chefs Challenge was held in Melbourne, Australia, 23rd June 2019. Selected through champion performance at national competitions, participating teams representing Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Cook Islands 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 Australian Culinary Federation, the competition was held alongside the Foodservice Australia Trade Show 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
  • Winner: Fiji, Navneet Reddy Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Gold Medal
  • Runner Up: Australia, Mathew Lee From Brisbane CEC, Silver Medal 
  • 3rd Place: New Zealand, Eric Lim from Chillingworth Rd New Zealand, Silver Medal
  • 4th Place: Cook Islands, Ngattopuna Williams Le Bon Vivant Cook Islands, Bronze Medal
Global Pastry Chefs Challenge
  • Winner: Fiji, Muni Vikash Chetty from Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Bronze Medal
  • Runner Up: New Zealand, Ganesh Khedekar from NZMA New Zealand, Bronze Medal
Global Young Chefs Challenge - Hans Bueschkens Trophy
  • Winner: New Zealand, Cole McDonald from Prohibition Smokehouse & Vault 21 New Zealand, Silver Medal
  • Runner Up: Fiji, Ravinesh Prasad from Marriot Momi Bay Resort Fiji, Silver Medal
  • 3rd Place: Australia, Rebecca Merhi from The Star Sydney, Silver Medal
  • 4th Place: Cook Islands, William Pokino from Seafood Man Cook Islands, Bronze Medal

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
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Russia
  • Wales
Pacific Semi-Final qualifying teams: Fiji.

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

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

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

The Australian Culinary Federation and Worldchefs thank the Food Service Australia Trade Show organizers for hosting a fantastic competition. Also special thanks for the exceptional organization from the Federation for this event and the great support from Ms. Deb Foreman.

Continued gratitude 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 Africa & Middle East regional selection, held in Pretoria, South Africa, 29 July - 1 August, 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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