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World Chefs without Borders

World Chefs without Borders was established to harness the resources of the global network of chefs for humanitarian work.

Started in 2009, WCWB have been active in all parts of the world, from South Africa to Asia. Today, it is led by Chairman Chef Willment Leong from Thailand. Willment who played a pivotal role in leading the Thai Chefs Association to help his country deal with the aftermath of the Tsunami through relief programmes in Bangkok.

In June the WCWB turned their attention to Myanmar. With a very ambitious and challenging programme to be achieved over a period of less than one week. Coordination and detailed planning was essential as this valiant band of chefs set out to hold a Culinary Competition and a Gala Fundraising Dinner in a Country with limited resources A special category within the culinary competition was set aside. Entrants in this category had to be blind cooks. We will meet these blind Cooks a little later in our story.

The organizing committee was led by Willment Leong ably assisted by Oliver Esser (President Myanmar Chefs Association) also Chef Tony Khoo and Mrs.Khime Khet Khet Khaimo. As with events such as these there were many others who pitched in and contributed to the successful outcome. As our story unfolds you will see a splendid photograph of many of these volunteers as they celebrate a job well done.

A total combined amount of $12,600 USD had been raised after deducting all expenses from 17 June 2014 Gala Dinner Event at The Park Royal Hotel, Yangon. $3,500 USD goes to WXWB Global Fund from Myanmar Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism and the balance of $9,100 USD goes to Myanmar Charity Group.

World Chefs without Borders Organization Donation Ceremony
20 June 2014 at Food Hotel Myanmar at MCC Hall

World Chefs without Borders Donation Ceremony
From Left to Right: WCWB Committee Oliver Esser Soe Thet, Myanmar Union Minister of Hotels
and Tourism H.E. U Htay Aung, Representitive Food Hotel Myanmar 2014 Jusin Pau,
WCWB Chairman Willment Leong, FHA Singapore Bronze Winner, WCWB Committee Tony Khoo

Blind Chef 1 Blind Chef 2 Blind Chef 3
Blind Chef 4 Blind Chef 5 Blind Chef 6

World Chefs without Borders Organization
WCWB Blind Chefs Culinary Challenge in Myanmar
Culinary Art Competition at Food Hotel Myanmar 2014

World Chefs without Borders Blind Chefs
6 blind competitors with helper, judges, WCWB Committee Team and General-Secretary
Rev. U Thein Lwin (Founder of Myanmar Christian Fellowship Blind)
6 blind competitors awarded with 1 silver and 5 bronze medals

World Chefs without Borders Organization
WCWB Charity Snack for Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement
Department of Social Welfare Training School for Boys 20 June 2014

World Chefs without Borders Charity Snack

Tony Khoo's Team, Myanmar
Time to celebrate after a job well done. Chef Tony Khoo (Singapore) with his supporting team
of ‘Myanmar Young Chefs’ and ‘Myanmar Associate Members’ who together with other volunteers
prepared and presented the Gala Fundraising Dinner at the Park Royal Hotel, Yangon”
We spot Allan Palmer in the background giving the thumbs up.

Best All-over Institution Award 2014

As a Hotel, Restaurant or Institution at MCAC – The Blind School was the overall winner with 1. Silver Medal and 5 Bronze Medals.
First Runner-up was Kandawgyi Palace Hotel with 1 Silver Medal and 5 Bronze Medals.

Acknowledgement. Particular thanks to Willment Leong for making these photographs available to Champchefs.