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Cooking

Creating menus and preparing dishes for customers from Michelin-starred restaurants to cafeterias and workplace canteens.

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Why is this skill important?

The professional chef can work in a wide range of establishments, and the range of skills and customer expectations will vary according to the work-place.

As well as the skill of cooking, the role of a chef demands further skills that relate to menu compilation and costing, working to a budget or profit margin, control and storage of stock, and managing the pace and workflow of a kitchen brigade. In some settings, the kitchen team needs to work effectively with other departments both in the front and back of house to ensure a positive overall experience for guests.

The chef in a top-tier hotel or restaurant will need to demonstrate outstanding skills in food preparation and presentation. They will be expected to create and adapt dishes that meet the expectations of demanding customers (and critics!). It is important that chef keeps abreast of the trends and aware of their competition in the foodie marketplace.

Commercial kitchens are equipped with complex specialist equipment that must be used carefully to avoid accident and injury. Strict maintenance of equipment as well as personal and food hygiene and safety standards are paramount considerations and often subject to strict regulation.

With globalization of cuisine, chefs can work with talent, inspiration, ingredients, and in establishments all over the world. The pressures in this field are great, but the opportunities are nearly endless; and the potential for career advancement is ever present.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Being creative
  • Working as a team

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will prepare a range of cold and hot appetizers

  • Under timed conditions, each Competitor will show they can work with a variety of produce.

  • The ability to design and bake desserts are also needed in this Skill.

  • Extra marks are awarded for immaculate and stylish presentation of dishes.


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Competitors

Results

Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 769 Thomas Tutzer South Tyrol, Italy
Silver 746 Natcha Saengow Thailand
Bronze 740 Christian Jung Hoon Kleinert Denmark
Bronze 740 LAI JIA YI Malaysia
Bronze 738 Christoph Fürnschuss Austria
Medallion for Excellence 734 DAESEONG JIN Korea
Medallion for Excellence 732 Paul MARCON France
Medallion for Excellence 728 Ruth Hansom United Kingdom
Medallion for Excellence 727 Vu Hoang Trinh Vietnam
Medallion for Excellence 724 Muhammad Danial Suboh Singapore
Medallion for Excellence 721 Di Qu China
Medallion for Excellence 719 Evelyne Tanner Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 718 Gustav Leonhardt Sweden
Medallion for Excellence 716 Victoria Hislop Canada
Medallion for Excellence 713 Gerson Nunes Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 710 Johan Kurkela Finland
Medallion for Excellence 708 María Fernanda Londoño Bohórquez Colombia
Medallion for Excellence 708 YA-TING CHANG Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 706 Torkil S Helmersen Norway
Medallion for Excellence 702 Nicholas Todd New Zealand
Medallion for Excellence 701 Lionel Van Royen Belgium
699 Monique Dunn South Africa
697 Ricardo CASTAÑEDA Spain
696 Pou I Cheong Macao, China
695 Eriko Aoki Japan
693 Iradahliani Darmawan Saleh Indonesia
691 Kristiana Steinfelde Latvia
690 Sahil Budhiraja India
687 Jason de Haan Netherlands
686 Sergei Khrkhrian Russia
685 Kaute Kavezembua Namibia
680 Johannes Meßner Germany
677 Daniel Chaves Ramos Costa Rica
674 ANASTASIYA DZIAMIDAVA Belarus
674 Sui Yin Li Hong Kong, China
674 Hunor Zoltan Egeto Hungary
673 Dagvasuren Batsaikhan Mongolia
670 Nada Al Zara United Arab Emirates
646 Lia Lomidze Georgia
641 Tinisha Hall Barbados
638 Narjes Raboubi Farouji Iran
617 Alina Karimamusama Zambia

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.