The Swiss Chefs Association is the official professional association for Switzerland’s chefs. For over 100 years, it has played a key role in the vocational training of chefs and is the foundation of the profession. Together, Global Swiss Learning and the Swiss Chefs Association developed the Culinary Training program to bring the skills and mindset students need for professional success.
WIGL produces learning materials for vocational schools and employee training, and its well-founded and interactive teaching tools are used in vocational schools in all parts of Switzerland. WIGL is responsible for the content development of modules that compose the Culinary Training and works in close collaboration with Global Swiss Learning experts to offer a state-of-the-art concept that represents the consistency of the Swiss Chefs' profession and future experts internationally.
The Swiss Chefs Association is proud of the chef profession. The comprehensive vocational programs for chefs guide students to build the skills and mindset they need for professional success. The goal is to bring forth confident, passionate, and highly-skilled professionals worldwide.
Marco Mehr has spent the last ten years working in the prestigious hotels across Asia. He has cooked for celebrities such as Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, and was most recently responsible for 150 chefs at the prestigious Park Hyatt Shanghai.
Prior to his time in Asia, Marco was a member of the Junior Swiss Chefs Association Team and won the Culinary World Championship title in Luxembourg in 2006. He represented Switzerland at the WorldSkills 2007 in Japan, and won the Vice World Championship title.
"A successful chef is creative and knows how to solve problems–skills that I have learned in my Swiss vocational education and mastered during my career."
Having worked in renowned hotels and restaurants, Patrick coached the Swiss Chefs Junior Team and brought home with them the Olympic victory and 3 gold medals at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt in 2004.
Patrick was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Swiss Chefs Association in 2005 and in 2007, he was also elected VP of the Swiss Chefs Association. In 2009, he was elected honorary member of the American Academy of Chefs. In 2010, Patrick was elected the youngest honorary member of WACS, where he was an Educational Committee Member from 2008–2014. For great services to the industry, Hotel & Gastro Union and Swiss Chefs Association, Patrick received in November 2021 the Medal of Merit.
"With our Swiss vocational courses, you master the fundamentals and will be able to constantly adapt to new and everyday situations in the kitchen."