International Chefs Day - October 20
(Last Updated On: May 13, 2022)


International Chefs Day is celebrated each year on October 20th. The day focuses on educating kids around the world about eating healthy. It’s also a day for chefs to pass on their knowledge and skills to the next generation of chefs.

There are approximately 942,000 chefs, head cooks, and food and serving supervisors in the United States. Along with overseeing the daily food service operation of restaurants, chefs also direct other cooks in the kitchen. Chefs use their creativity and knowledge to create and prepare recipes. Additionally, chefs must deal with a multitude of food-related concerns.

The different kinds of chefs include:

  • Executive chef – as managers for multiple outlets, executive chefs do very little cooking.
  • Head chef – manages kitchen staff and controls the whole kitchen.
  • Sous chef – the chef that is second in command to the head chef.
  • Chef de Partie – runs a specific part of the kitchen.
  • Commis chef – a junior member of the restaurant staff that works under a chef de partie.
  • Kitchen porter – assists with basic food preparation, such as peeling potatoes.
  • Dishwasher – washes all the dishes and cutlery. It’s not uncommon for a dishwasher to work their way up the chef ladder.

Some chefs specialize in preparing certain kinds of food. For instance, a butcher chef is in charge of preparing meats and poultry. A grill chef manages the grill. A pastry chef is responsible for creating desserts.

No matter the type of chef, it’s not just about making food. Chefs consider their profession an art and a science. They enjoy creating delicious combinations of food but want to make it look good, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalChefsDay

Over 100 chef associations participate in International Chefs Day. These associations host events that promote the career of chefs. Chefs from all over the world also participate in this global observance. In recent years, nearly 5,000 chefs volunteered their time and energy to reach 37,000 children in 55 countries. Events have included culinary competitions, educational presentations, and networking opportunities. One of the most important aspects of International Chefs Day is to stress the importance of cooking and eating healthy foods.

To take part in the festivities:

  • Make a favorite healthy recipe and share the meal with loved ones
  • Teach a child how to make a fun and healthy recipe
  • Watch a cooking show on the Food Network
  • Host a cooking competition with your family or friends
  • Go to your favorite restaurant and personally thank the chef
  • Commit to taking cooking lessons
  • Visit a local culinary school to see what it’s like to become a chef
  • Share this day on social media with #InternationalChefsDay


Esteemed chef Dr. Bill Gallagher created International Chefs Day in 2004. Gallagher was also the president of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs). Since 2004, WorldChefs has used International Chefs Day to celebrate the nobility of this culinary profession.

Past themes for International Chefs Day have included:

  • 2019: How Healthy Food Works
  • 2018: Healthy Foods for Growing UP
  • 2017: Foods for Healthy Heroes
  • 2016: Art on a Plate


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