The New Zealand Chefs Association Inc. is the "National Association" representing professional chefs, cooks and trainees, patissiers and confectioners.
The New Zealand Chefs Association was founded in 1957 by two Auckland chefs; Sid Young and Jim Allan who saw the need to meet with their colleagues. The association was set up to encourage and foster interest in the culinary arts and sciences and promote and advance the interests of chefs, cooks, patissiers and confectioners to protect and develop a high standard of performance in their professions. The association assists in the promotion of lectures, cooking competitions and catering exhibitions both locally and internationally in the art of cookery and prepared food.
This group was to become the voice of professional chefs in New Zealand and represents New Zealand at a larger chefs community known as WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies). We have been active in ensuring representation throughout the world and ensuring attendance at the World Bi-annual congress.