Student Chefs take the lead in new initiative linking industry and education sectors
Friday, 7th April: Chef Network, the professional network for chefs across Ireland, has launched the Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme in collaboration with Calor Gas. The initiative will see college students across Ireland engage with industry, network with professional chefs and participate in educational activities, all to promote and encourage the professional development of student chefs.
Culinary Departments in colleges throughout Ireland are invited to appoint Chef Network Ambassadors who will be tasked with organising networking events and educational activities for their fellow students, and linking with local industry, helped along by Chef Network.
The central focus of the Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme is to strengthen the relationships between student and professional chefs, encouraging students to take the lead in promoting the benefits of Chef Network and activating the network in their college. Chef Network allows student chefs to build their professional profile, join online communities and forums, attend education, training and networking events, as well as benefit from peer-to-peer learning, gain work experience and find jobs.
The Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme is supported by Calor Gas, who this year celebrate 80 years in business and have a long-established relationship with the foodservice sector. Larry Smith, Domestic & Commercial Sales Representative, Calor Gas said, “We are delighted to be backing the Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme. Our company has worked closely with chefs for over 80 years. Calor Gas is eager to support the chefs of the future and give back to the industry.”
The Student Ambassador concept was originally piloted by IT Tallaght late last year and subsequently launched in Waterford Institute of Technology and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, all with great success. South West College in Fermanagh will be the first in Northern Ireland to launch Chef Network Student Ambassadors.
The Chef Network Student Ambassadors at IT Tallaght organised a very successful Junior Chef Forum event for their fellow students, where they engaged in a speed networking event with 8 professional chefs. WIT Ambassadors have re-launched a Culinary Society and recently held a Chef Information Forum with industry chefs. GMIT Ambassadors are planning to invite industry chefs for skills workshops aimed at student chefs.
Ruth Hegarty, Head of Community, Chef Network said, “The way that student chefs and culinary lecturers have taken this on is so encouraging. They have really embraced this concept and are eager to engage with industry. We recognise that students are much better placed than we are to communicate with other students and tell us what they want from the Network. We want Chef Network to benefit chefs at all stages of their career. These are the chefs of the future, so we need to make it relevant to them”.
Culinary Lecturers, Department Heads and students interested in activating the Chef Netwotk Student Ambassador Programme are encouraged to sign-up for free to Chef Network at www.chefnetwork.ie to discover the journey so far or contact us on email@example.com