September 9, 2019

Worldchefs mourn the loss of Chef Michael Wunsch

Paris, France · 9 September 2019 · Worldchefs mourn the loss of Chef Michael Wunsch

It is with great sadness that we reflect on the loss of a culinary leader, Chef Michael Wunsch. Mike, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, passed away on the 3rd of September 2019. He was one of the founding members of the Emirates Culinary Guild and a true veteran of the industry.

“With the passing of Chef Mike Wunsch, we have lost another of our founding members and our longest serving Board Member as Treasurer since 1992,” says Andy Cuthbert, Continental Director Africa & Middle East. “Mike was one of the original team along with Chef Mike Lee, our first President, who sat at a table sometime in 1991 to inspire other chefs to start the Emirates Culinary Guild and help form today what is one of the largest and longest serving chefs’ associations in the region. We will be ever grateful to this gentle man and great friend. Rest in peace, Chef.” 

Chef Uwe Micheel, President of Emirates Culinary Guild, shared “With Chef Michael Wunch, I personally lost a longtime friend and great colleague. Mike was the Emirates Culinary  Guild’s Treasurer from 1992 when the Guild was founded.  He was one of the key people who set up and made ECG grow. First for many years he worked as a Hotel Executive Chef and then as a Chef and Partner with the Barakat Quality Plus. Till the end, Chef Mike spent his time and energy to develop Young Chefs. We will miss him a lot not only in the United Arab Emirates and but also in Germany, his home country. Our deepest condolences go to both his family in Germany and in UAE.”

Originally from Germany, Chef Mike made his home in Dubai for more than 19 years. He will be missed by his community in Dubai and friends around the world.

To view a memorial video put together by the MARSHAL Chef TV Show, click here.


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.

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