The Les Toques Blanches Victorian chapter in Australia was founded in 1986, though the worldwide formal organisation representing professional chefs was originally established in 1978 in Paris, France.
All members of the organisation are executive chefs who earn their living by cookery, with high standards of integrity.
As its mission, Les Toques Blanches Victorian Chapter states that it "strives to improve the industry through training and education, believing this to be a lifelong journey."
Its major roles incorporate:
- discussion of relevant industry issues
- promoting acceptable industry standards; and
- training and development.
The organisation also provides educational advice to State, Federal and private institutions to "guide the future of the vocation of cooking."
Les Toques Blanches uses its finances to:
- benefit members
- assist with recognition of excellence in training
- assist activities considered by the organisation to promote the culinary arts
- subsidise field trips or other educational events
- donate to charity; and
- recognise 'Pioneers of the Industry'.
An international organisation, Les Toques Blanches was established in Paris, France in 1978 by professional chef Jean Rougie.
At the time, Rougie identified a significant lack of 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.
Since then, the organisation has grown to include chapters in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, The Middle East and United States of America.