WÜSTHOF and the German Chefs Association (VKD)
The Association of German Chefs known as the Verband der Köche Deutschlands e.V. (or VKD for short) brings together chefs and trainees from all areas of the catering industry. With 12,000 members, it is one of the largest professional associations in Germany, as well as the biggest national association of chefs in Europe. Split into nine regional associations and 150 smaller branches, the association is represented all over the country.
Members of the association respect and maintain the traditions of their profession and ensure the constant further development of the catering industry, encouraging new young recruits and innovative culinary skills. The association offers its members a number of opportunities for further training, practical experience abroad, career advancement and talent promotion, information in the form of a monthly VKD magazine called KÜCHE, attractive special offers from WÜSTHOF and interesting seminars.
Members of the association are selected to represent the German national team of chefs and the German youth team, which represent our country at important culinary competitions. As a gold sponsor, WÜSTHOF is the association’s official partner for knives and the proud supplier of both national teams.
As a member of WACS (World Association of Chefs societies), the international umbrella organisation for chefs’ associations, VKD has been organising the IKA Culinary Olympics every four years since 1996.
If you would like to find out more about the association, you can either visit their website (http://www.vkd.com) or meet representatives in person – from 8th to 10th August at the St Lawrence feast celebrations (Laurentiustag) in Erfurt or from 13th to 15th September at the VKD stand at inoga 2014 – Trade Fair for the Hotel, Catering and Hospitality Sector – to be held at the exhibition centre in Erfurt. At the trade fair, the association will be responsible for organising two competitions – “Team Award” and “Bauer sucht Koch” (farmer searches chef) – as well as the “Chance für die Jugend” (youth opportunities) plate show.