Going out to restaurants one of people’s favorite activities because they get the chance to taste the best cuisine from the chefs that work behind the scenes. International Chef day is a for them, and is probably one of the best opportunities people can get to learn how to cook and connect with chefs in their local area. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids how to cook and inspire them to become chefs. Let’s discover where it came from and what International Chef Day is all about!

History of International Chef Day

International Chef’s Day began back in 2004 by esteemed chef Dr. Bill Gallagher, who at the time was the president of WorldChefs, a network of over 100 chef associations and is focused on bringing education, competition, networking, and sustainability to the authority on cuisine. This day is focused on educating kids around the world about the importance of eating healthy, promote the career of chefs and help change their local communities. Each year, WorldChefs and their partners create different themes to help broadcast their mission. WorldChefs started when in 1920, a Swiss cook federation introduced the idea of an international chef association, and thus in 1928, WorldChefs was established in Sorbonne, Paris.

Congresses would be held every few years and countries would assume presidency over the organization. For over 90 years and counting, WorldChefs has run from becoming an association to a worldwide organization to help educate people about the importance of healthy food. In 2017, WorldChefs’ theme was the idea of a superhero or to be exact, “Foods For Healthy Heroes”, and beforehand was about the art of placing food on a plate, or for short, presentation. This day is also used to celebrate the idea of a chef as a noble profession in which they hope to pass down knowledge and culinary skills to the next generation of chefs.

How to Celebrate International Chef Day

Each year, WorldChef’s offers a toolkit, which combines recipes and tips from chefs around the world. You can download that toolkit and contact a regional manager to host a food event in your local area. You can also use the hashtag #InternationalChefDay and tell a story about a chef that you know in your life to your friends on social media. You can even gather the kids and adults in your local area and host a cooking competition to see who can cook the best meals. Or just go out to your favorite restaurant and give a thank you note and a tip for creating some of your favorite meals.

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