The World Association of Chefs Societies (English: World Association of Chefs Societies, WACS) is a professional organization founded in 1928 in Paris, France, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisine, which has representation from 93 countries and brings together more than 10 million specialists.
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- 1 Historical data
- 2 Administration system
- 3 Visit to Cuba
- 1 Objectives
- 4 WACS Timeline
- 5 Sources
- 1928 . Founded at the Sorbonne in Paris.
- 1930 . Its first congress is held with 65 delegates from 17 countries, representing 36 national and international associations, and the renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier was named the first Honorary President.
WACS is administered by an elected body:
- Vice president
- General secretary
- Honorary President’s Ambassador
- Continental Board of Directors serving Asia , Europe , Africa , Pacific region and the Americas .
- Organized into three Committees: Culinary Contests, Communication and Education.
- A separate committee manages all matters related to culinary competitions.
Visit to Cuba
Cuba is a member of WACS, and of the Association of Gastronomic Restorers of the Americas (Aregala), the latter founded in 1987.
- 2018 , April. A delegation from the World Association of Chefs Societies will visit Cuba from April 1 to 6.
The visit will allow the exchange with Cuban tourism and trade authorities.
The WACS Continental Director for the Americas, Claudio Ferrer, the Secretary General, Cornelia Volino, and the director of that organization Ragnar Fridriksson will visit the island.
- Meet with the National Executive Council of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba (FACRC).
- Learn about the potential and steps forward of Cuban cuisine as a benchmark of national heritage, and evaluate the creation of a team of young Cuban chefs to appear before the WACS.
- See the possibilities of exchanges between chefs from the United States and Canada with their counterparts from Cuba.
- Attend a sample of stylized Cuban cuisine, to be held in Havana
- Attend an exhibition of artistic cuisine, planned for the Varadero spa .
- Exchange criteria on tourism and gastronomy
- Evaluate joint work perspectives, in addition to getting to know the Artechef publishing house .
- Plan the attendance of WACS delegates to the International Culinary Festival Festival, planned from October 16 to 20 in Havana.
- XIX century (late). Contact was established between various chef associations.
- 1919 . International Labor Office opens in Geneva, Switzerland
- 1920 , May. The Swiss gastronomic federation introduces the idea of an international association of chefs.
- 1928 . The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) is established in the Sorbonne, Paris. August Escoffier is declared the honorary president.
- 1930 . Congress in Paris, France
- 1936 . Congress in Nice, France
- 1939 – 1945 . In the aftermath of the Second World War, contact was suspended between WACS members
- 1949 . SKV Secretary W. Salzmann and the Swiss Federation of Cooks reestablishes WACS
- 1951 . Congress in Frankfurt, Germany . Switzerland assumes the presidency of the association.
- 1954 . Congress in Bern, Switzerland
- 1956 . Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. Austria assumes the presidency of the WACS association
- 1958 . Congress in Brussels, Belgium
- 1960 . Congress in Vienna, Austria. Germany takes the presidency of the association.
- 1962 . Congress in Stockholm, Sweden
- 1964 . Congress in Frankfurt, BRD. Switzerland takes the presidency.
- 1966 . Congress in Tel Aviv, Israel
- 1968 . WACS celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. Austria assumes the presidency of the association.
- 1970 . Congress in Budapest, Hungary
- 1972 . Congress in Frankfurt, BRD. The federation of German chefs leaves the presidency
- 1974 . Congress in Banff, Canada. Constitutive meeting between members from different continents. Emile Perrin is elected by the honorary presidents
- 1976 . Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. France assumes the leadership of WACS
- 1978 . Congress in Paris, France
- 1980 . Congress in Rome, Italy . Canada assumes the presidency
- 1982 . Congress in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary
- 1984 . Congress in Orlando, USA . Canada retains the presidency
- 1986 . Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia
- 1988 . WACS celebrates its 60th anniversary. Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa . Germany assumes the leadership of WACS
- 1990 . Congress in Singapore
- 1992 . Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. USA assumes the presidency
- 1994 . Congress in Stavanger, Norway
- 1996 . Congress in Jerusalem, Israel. South Africa takes over
- 1998 . WACS celebrates its 70th anniversary. Congress in Melbourne, Australia
- 2000 . Congress in Maastricht, The Netherlands . Germany wins the presidency
- 2002 . Congress in Kyoto, Japan
- 2004 . Congress in Dublin, Ireland . USA assumes presidency
- 2006 . Congress in Auckland, New Zealand