Young Chef Young Waiter Macao 2022 Launches in Macao 

The World’s Best Chef and Waiter Competition 2022

Organised by Macau Culinary Association and supported by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Macao Institute For Tourism Studies  (IFTM) and Wynn, the new Young Chef Young Waiter Macau, which promotes hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation, will be launched in Macao on 1st June 2022.

Young Chef Young Waiter – Macao is a national competition open to all young professional waiters and chefs under the age of 26, Macau ID and at least 3 years of related experience working in Macao restaurant sector. Entries will open online at The competition is the first of its kind in Macao, the Young Chefs Young Waiters will compete to win in the semi-finals on the 22nd August 2022 at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies then the Grand Finals at Wynn Palace on 17th September 2022. The winners will be crowned that same evening with a glittering evening at the Grand Theater of Wynn Palace.   

Robert Walton, Chairman of Young Chef Young Waiter said: “We are delighted to welcome Young Chef Young Waiter Macao so we can add a whole new dimension to the competition in the World. Young Chef Young Waiter brings together the heritage and the prestige of a 43 year old competition with a modern and progressive approach. Our aim, in years to come, is to reach all corners of the globe and galvanise the next generation of the hospitality industry to give them the opportunity that they deserve. Young Chef Young Waiter Macao is the first step in that journey and I am so thankful that David joins us as Chief Architect to bring his incredible energy and remarkable talent to the competition.” 

Ching He Huang: “I am delighted to be the Chairwoman for Asia Young Chef and Young Waiter and World Young Chef and Young Waiter, I firmly believe in supporting the next generation of talent. Having worked in the media to promote Chinese/Asia cuisine in the U.K. since 2003, I know what it is like to be young and be trying to break into an industry one is passionate about. However, I certainly did not get to the position I am in without the support of many. World YY is an amazing competition that will bring together the best culinary art talents from around the world, to celebrate them, to nurture them, to support them and to guide them. I am incredibly proud to support it, thank you Robert Walton M.B.E. and Sean Valentine M.D. for your vision and your trust. Thank you David Wong, Chief Architect for YY Macao 2022, The Wynn and MGTO for coming together to support the first ever YY competition in Macao. It has been an especially tough time locally and globally for the industry, however it shines much brighter with you all leading heroes coming together in support of the next generation of young culinary leaders for our industry.  

David Wong, Founder of the Macau Culinary Association and the Executive Director of Food and Beverage Academy of Wynn said: “I am delighted to be the Chief Architect of YCYM MACAO 2022. By hosting and supporting this event, we hope to encourage local catering talents to broaden their horizons and achieve renown for Macau on the international stage, while at the same time contributing to the sustainable future development of Macau’s catering and tourism industries.”

Matthew Helm, President of the Macau Culinary Association says “YCYW Macao is an amazing competition that will bring together the best culinary and service talents we have in Macao, to celebrate them, to nurture them, to support them and to give them hope especially during this tough time we are facing collectively as an industry. It is times like this that the industry shows the best of itself and the coming together of many supporters”   

Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) says, “YCYW Macao is an amazing competition that brings together the best culinary and service talents in Macao to exchange and learn from each other. In these tough times when we face challenges as an industry, the unreserved support of different entities has made it possible for the event to happen; to encourage, to nurture and allow industry professionals to showcase their top-notch culinary skills once again. It will support the tourism industry to prepare for a brighter post-pandemic future in the long run.”   

The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the Macao Institute For Tourism Studies (IFTM) and Wynn, Chef Works, Watson’s Wines and Classic Fine Food who are all ready and involved to help support the next generation of leading talent. So if you are under 26, Macau ID holder and have had 3 years experience in the hospitality industry, we welcome you on board and submit your entries to compete for an amazing prize and be crowned winner of YCYW Macau. Each of the winner will get a paid trip to Monaco to complete for Macao against the rest of the world. 

The aim of Young Chef Young Waiter – Macao is simple: to uncover the very best young talent in our industry and help equip them with relevant skills, current knowledge and the network needed to succeed in the world of hospitality. Devised by respected professionals, the competition has a fresh modern approach that focusses on tasks and criteria that are challenging, educational and fun 

Entries open online on 1 June and close on 30 June 2022. Chefs and Waiters are welcome to apply for both Young Chef Young Waiter – Macau.  


The Macau Culinary Association is a non-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, or in the preparation of food and drink in Macau. 

The Macau Culinary Association was jointly founded by Raimund Pichlmaier and David Wong in 2007, to further develop the culinary standards within Macau, to give its members a sense of community, further enhance the exchange of ideas and experiences between like-minded culinary professionals in Macau and promote Macau as a gastronomy destination. 

Key dates: 

1 June 2022 Young Chef Young Waiter launches 

30 June 2022 Entries close 

16 July 2022 Shortlist announced 

22 August 2022 Semi-final Competition, at IFTM Macau Campus  

17 September 2022 Macao Final Competition Followed by Award Ceremony (Cocktail & Dinner) at Wynn Palace 

15-18 November 2022 World Final YCYW in Monaco 

24th June 2022

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