The Global History
The International organisation “Les Toques Blanches” began in 1978 in Paris, France when Jean Rougie realized there was very little communication among culinary specialists practicing their craft, not only in France but all over the world, with many professional chefs working outside their country of origin. Identifying that chefs need a worldwide formal organisation. Jean and his conferees launched their fledging organisation in Paris, France and called it, “Les Toques Blanches” which translated means: “The White Hat”.
About a year after Rougie announced his ambitious concept, he was joined by such colleagues as food journalist George Prade and premier chefs; Jean Delaveyne and Charles Janon. Also part of the new organisation were other distinguished cuisiniers, such as Nichole Troullet, Jacques Bruel and George Dury. This group set up an association of professional chefs to conform with French laws. Plans were made to extend and develop the organisation worldwide. Originally, all members of Les Toques Blanches International Club were required to be working outside of their country of origin. By 2004, Les Toques Blanches International Club had grown to in more than eighty-seven countries. There were more than sixty organized autonomous chapters operating around the world. Les Toques Blanches flourishes with many chapters in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, The Middle East and United States of America.
The Victorian Chapter
The Les Toques Blanches Victorian chapter in Australia was founded in 1986 and the inaugural President was Patrick Biddlecome. Following Patrick Erich Mohr became the second President followed by President John Langford.
The first “Chefs Table Luncheons” later to evolve into regular dinners for members, was held on the 12th September 1989at the Australian Airlines Catering, Center, Conference/Function Room Tullamarine Airport and the first family day picnic was held at the Emu Bottom Homestead on the 20th August 1989. With a solid foundations and leadership implemented by the inaugural presidents and further reinforced by the subsequent presidents the Victorian Club has grown from strength to strength.