PYA partnership  with Worldchefs (WACS)

Exciting news for Superyacht Chefs! The PYA has  signed an agreement with Worldchefs to
recognise each other as Associate Members of their organisations.
PYA and WACS have agreed a recognition reward programme (which includes a programme of training and examinations) that will make it possible for Cooks and Chefs working in the yachting sector to gain the Worldchefs/PYA Professional Culinary Certification Awards qualifications.

At each level the training will include the relevant Worldchefs criteria plus yachting-related criteria. The relevant Worldchefs standards conform to the certification currently offered to land based Chefs and Cooks in the wider hospitality industry and educational institutes across the world.

To briefly summarise however the candidate will be asked to meet the Entry Requirements at each level and provide evidence of Technical Expertise, Professional Development and Professional Reputation. Training will be available if needed, and an assessment procedure will be required as part of the application process.

Superyacht chefs can now build both their CV and their professional profile with a Worldchefs recognised certification – it is an easy process to apply; based on menu planning, guest’s profiles (cultural and dietary needs), recipes, recruitment, management, budgets… etc (as an example). The evidence required will be in the form of photos, references, recognised Food Safety qualifications, testimonials and yacht service.

Details and criteria of entry and evidence required for each level are available from the PYA together with the application form and fees.

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"This partnership will also contribute to the goal of both partners in raising and maintaining the highest culinary standards and training throughout the yachting industry."

John Clancy - Education Director for Worldchefs.

"Worldchefs are delighted to join forces with the PYA and help to promote opportunities for Chefs and Cooks working in the yachting sector who seek international recognition for their professional skills, education and training."

Charles Carroll – President Worldchefs

"PYA, on behalf of yacht chefs, are thrilled to have this collaboration with World Chefs, with the intention of awarding and recognising the skills and experience of the amazing chefs who work in our sector. Yachting experience has often been left out of the loop with professional recognition, Worldchefs is giving yacht chefs the chance to credit these talents with an international endorsement."

Joey Meen – PYA Director of Training and Certification

About Worldchefs

Worldchefs, the global authority on food

The World Association of Chefs' Societies, or Worldchefs in short, is the global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. At that first congress there were 65 delegates from 17 countries, representing 36 national and international associations, and the venerable August Escoffier was named the first Honorary President of Worldchefs.

Today, this global body has 100 official chefs associations as members that represent over 10 million professional chefs worldwide. The biennial congress is a hallmark tradition of Worldchefs and has been organised in over 20 cities across the world throughout its illustrious 82-year history.

Worldchefs Mission Statement

The World Association of Chefs' Societies (Worldchefs) is a non-political professional organization, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines.  We accomplish these goals through education, training and professional development of our international membership. As an authority and opinion leader on food, Worldchefs represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.

Worldchefs/PYA Professional Culinary Certification Awards Qualifications
  1. Level 1
    Worldchefs/PYA Certified Professional Chef / Chef de Partie (Yacht Chef Award Level 1)
  2. Level 2
    Worldchefs/PYA Certified Sous Chef (Yacht Chef Award Level 2)
  3. Level 3
    Worldchefs/PYA Certified Chef de Cuisine (Yacht Chef Award Level 3)