Wednesday 16 Mar 2016

PYA announce partnership agreement with Worldchefs (WACS)

Exciting news for Superyacht Chefs!!!

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) has recently signed an agreement with Worldchefs where PYA and WORLDCHEFS will each recognise the other as an Associate Member of their organisations.

PYA and WORLDCHEFS 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:


  •        Worldchefs/PYA Certified Professional Chef / Chef de Partie (Yacht Chef Award Level 1)
  •        Worldchefs/PYA Certified Sous Chef (Yacht Chef Award Level 2)
  •        Worldchefs/PYA Certified Chef de Cuisine (Yacht Chef Award Level 3)


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.

The details and criteria of entry and evidence required for each level are available from the PYA.

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.



"Worldchefs are delighted to join forces with 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

“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.

“PYA are delighted 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

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