Springboard’s FutureChef Initiative is open! The programme, aimed at those between 12-16 years old is the UK’s biggest culinary initiative – last year saw over 8,000 participants take part. The competition is underway and there’s still time to get involved at the local competition stage – competitors must deliver a main meal and desert for two, to budget, within 90 minutes. Those selected winners will go through to the regional final taking place in February 2015.
Springboard’s FutureChef programme was originally developed 15 years ago as a result of research into young people’s perceptions of the cooking industry. The research revealed that young people admired high profile and celebrity chefs, yet few considered a career as a chef. To address this, Springboard’s FutureChef introduces local industry chefs and businesses to schools and provides a variety activities for students. It’s aimed at supporting the food related curriculum and related after school clubs to inspire young people to explore food and cookery as a life skill, and develop their culinary talent – ultimately informing them about routes of entry into the hospitality industry.
The programme shows how a simple skill like learning to cook can shape a young person’s future for the better.
Dee Smith, Programmes Director, Springboard commented: “The Springboard FutureChef Programme is the UK’s biggest cooking programme. It inspires students to learn to cook, introduces them and their schools to well respected industry chefs, offers the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and ultimately they gain anything from a valuable life skill to an informed career path into the UK’s leisure and hospitality industry.”
More information for teachers and/or young leaders can be found at http://futurechef.uk.net/