Is-salamu alaykum and greetings to all cooks of the world!
My first experience with a Worldchefs congress was in Dubai in The UNited Arab Emirates in 2008, when together with the team of the Emirates Culinary Guild we staged, managed and organised the congress in that year. I was sergeant at arms for the congress and was involved in depth with the complete organisation and successful execution of the congress. That was also my first real experience with the World Association of Chefs Societies and since then I have been involved with the Association through my work as Chairman of the Development of Young Chefs Committee, and have contributed to all congresses since 2008 and attended in 2012 South Korea and 2014 Norway.
A successful congress will be measured by the delegates, from the creation of life time memories and experiences. A task that is not an easy one, as engaging with people from all over the globe with varied expectations and needs is a task that needs focus and commitment. My role in the industry at present is in the event business, so I understand these needs and expectations.
To date the team has done an incredible job of pulling together the initial congress format and plans which has already been challenging for them and the World Association, and more challenges are sure to come. My role will be to lend support, guidance and direction to the team to ensure we deliver on the promise that has been made to our members, and that is to deliver a great congress to remember. The team supported by the event organising company ARTION is set up for success, as they are in the business of making memorable events as Professional Congress Organisers.
Chefs, I look forward to welcoming you all and enjoying a memorable WORLDCHEFS Congress & Expo 2016 in Thessaloniki, together.
Greetings to all our friends around the World.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Congress Committee and myself, we would like to officially welcome you to participate in Worldchefs Congress and Expo2016 “Big Small Kitchens” in Thessaloniki Greece.
Chef Stephen Billingham and his team have been working tirelessly during the planning stages to ensure a fantastic, inspirational, educational and successful event full of networking, friendship and comradery. What better way to stay connected; learn the newest trends while enjoying beautiful Thessaloniki. I promise, we will have an action packed “Show” that you will not want to miss.
Don’t be left behind!
Charles M. Carroll CEC, AAC