Battle of the Chefs is recognized both as a “5 Star” event for the Penang state and is endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies – WACS as a Continental Category Event for the consecutive 6 editions.
The inaugural "Battle of the Chefs" was held in July 1988 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Penang (previously Traders Hotel and now Hotel Jen). It started with the participants of only 60 chefs from mostly hotels in Penang. Judges were sourced locally. At the end of the competition, 8 Gold, 26 Silver and 16 Bronze were awarded.