The WGS Best Video Contest
The WGS Best Video Contest is a great way for professional chefs and home cooks to showcase their culinary skills to a truly global gourmet and food lover audience.
Last year, we received 58 videos from 19 countries and four continents. The videos generated 100k views on YouTube and Facebook and 400k views on social media in total.
The quality of the videos was truly overwhelming. Please browse the 2018 contest page to review the winning entries.
The categories for this year’s contest are:
- Show your personality as a chef (our hero category for 2019)
- Most creative plate
- Best use of ingredients
- Best cooking techniques
- Honouring local traditions
- Most professionally produced video
- Most entertaining video
- Best social media response
What’s more, we will also be announcing the “best of” lists for :
The timeline for the video contest is as follows:
- Mid-February: The WGS Best Video Contest begins
- February to November: The contest accepts video submissions
- November: Global jury voting takes place
- End of November: Public voting takes place
- End of January 2020: Global final is held
- Chefs are encouraged to get creative with the videos and demonstrate their own unique cooking style. It is also important that their personality shines through. This is what will make each and every video stand out.
- The video should demonstrate a chef’s creativity, ideas, skills, and cooking art.
- The video should be fun to watch and maybe even surprise the viewer, giving people the opportunity to learn about the chef’s work. The video should ‘come from the heart’ and be authentic.
- The video could incorporate the culinary heritage of the chef’s country of origin. We recommend explaining where the food originates from and talking about the food culture in that particular country.
- The chef can show their team, restaurant, ingredients, techniques, and so on.
- We recommend the video is no longer than three minutes.
- It is very important that the lighting is good throughout the video to ensure the plate is not in shadow at any time.
- The chef can use any equipment, including iPhones and other smartphones. There are plenty of amazing videos filmed using iPhones on YouTube.
- If you do use an iPhone or other smart phone, we recommend using a film production app to edit the video, e.g. to cut the film and add music.
- Please only use free music or music you have the right to use. We will not be able to accept videos that violate copyright or if it’s not clear whether they violate copyright.
- The chef is invited to show their name, restaurant name, and web address in the video. This will have a greater promotional impact.
- The WGS reserves the right to embed the WGS logo or sponsor logos, as well as any other elements, therefore linking the video to the WGS Best Video Contest. This will be done by the London team at no cost to the chefs.
- WGS reserves the right to accept or refuse any video submitted for the contest.
- Submitting a video to the WGS Best Video Contest is free.
- All high-quality, unique restaurants and chefs at haute cuisine level are welcome to join the challenge. Home cooks at a high level are welcome too.
- The country and/or global jury will have the final decision.
- The chef can use any language for the video.
- If required, the London team can provide subtitles for a fee.
- The chef is responsible for the content of the video. The content must be in line with local and British laws (for example, it must not violate any photo or music rights).
- The video must be in line with the WGS Code of Ethics.
- All accepted videos will be presented to the WGS global community and to a world-class jury appointed by the WGS.
- The jury will nominate the best videos. Winners will be honoured worldwide to a gourmet audience of 50,000 gourmands and in press releases to over 1,000 food journalists.
- To be nominated, a video needs to demonstrate originality, a dedication to haute cuisine, have an educational component, and most of all be fun and entertaining. Videos should be recorded and edited with the following dimensions: 1920 x 1080 or at least 1280 x 720. This is possible with most video cameras currently on the market (iPhones included).
- WGS has the right to publish and communicate the submitted video on all of its channels.
- Camcorders should have a manual focus and aperture setting, as this will prevent the subject from being backlit or falling out of focus, in the event of camera shake.
- When using a smartphone, it’s best to record in landscape mode. The phone camera setting must also be set to manual (there are apps that can do this)
- We recommended using a tripod for fixed shots, or a gimbal stabiliser for shooting in motion.
- It’s best to use a lavalier microphone to capture the subject’s voice. This avoids the camera picking up ambient background noise.
- Creating a video from a series of photos will not give you the best result.
- A custom preview image will offer the best result when the videos are uploaded to YouTube.
- Recordings in English (with subtitles if you wish) will deliver the best results when published on social media.