WORLDCHEFS Continental Director – Asia
WORLDCHEFS without Borders Chairman

Message From Chef Willment Leong

BOTC 2024 Chef Willment Leong

I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to all the talented chefs preparing for the 19th Battle of The Chefs, meticulously organized by the Penang Chefs Association. As the Chief Judge for this esteemed event and the representative of the World Chefs, I eagerly anticipate the culinary brilliance that will unfold from 27 to 29 June 2024.


In light of the challenges our profession has faced over the past two years due to the global pandemic, I commend each of you for your resilience and determination. As we chart our course to recovery, it is essential not only to survive but to thrive, embracing sustainable practices, local produce, and the evolution of progressive cuisine.


The culinary landscape is constantly evolving, and as chefs, we play a pivotal role in this transformative journey. This year’s Battle of The Chefs places special emphasis on sustainability, local sourcing, and the exploration of progressive culinary techniques. Let us not only showcase our skills but also celebrate our commitment to the environment, community, and the future of gastronomy.


Heartfelt congratulations to the Penang Chefs Association for revitalizing the Battle of The Chefs after a two-year hiatus. Your dedication to creating an exceptional platform for culinary excellence, with a focus on sustainable and progressive values, is truly commendable.


To all participants, may your culinary creations reflect your passion, skill, and dedication to the art of gastronomy.


WORLDCHEFS Continental Director – Asia
WORLDCHEFS without Borders Chairman
WORLDCHEFS International Judge (Judge A)