This free on-line Chef Education Program was co-created by Nestlé Professional and Worldchefs culinary experts for Spanish speaking young people to receive a Pre-Commis Chef certificate.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has rapidly transformed from a health into an economic and labor market crisis that has already taken its toll on young people across the globe, through unemployment, lower quality jobs, and broken transitions to education. Nestlé Professional, Nestlé's out-of-home food and beverage business, remains committed to invest in and support young people through their Young Culinary Talents (YOCUTA) Program and will continue to do so in these challenging times where the out-of-home industry has been severely affected.
“In times when the foodservice industry is undergoing a significant transformation, it is even more important to support young talent to help them prepare for a professional career. As part of the global Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative, which aims to help 10 million young people to access economic opportunities around the world, Nestlé Professional’s YOCUTA program is designed to develop Young Culinary Talents, strengthening their theoretical and practical skills and preparing them for the workforce”, said Rodrigo Camacho, Nestlé Professional Business Head for the Americas.
The Worldchefs Academy program is available to anyone, no matter what background or current skill set, covering the basics of culinary professionalism, food service operations, culinary theory, food hygiene and sanitation, basic cooking and culinary nutrition. Users can download the enrolled course and study any time, with or without Internet connection before going back online when available to complete the final assessment. In as little as three months or less, young people can receive a Pre-Commis Chef certificate, to help them build their skills for a job in a professional kitchen. As a part of the YOCUTA program, thanks to the investment and support of Nestlé Professional in the Americas, the program is now available in Spanish speaking countries throughout Latin America and will soon also be launched in Portuguese.
“The Worldchefs Academy is a comprehensive educational platform that provides culinary basics before entering a professional kitchen. We are very excited to expand the reach of the Pre-Commis Chef Course throughout Latin America and all around the world. In this new reality, connecting and supporting young culinary talents online is more crucial than ever,” said Thomas Gugler, Worldchefs President.
Launched in 2015 in Latin America by Nestlé Professional, the YOCUTA (Young Culinary Talents) program has already helped over 3,000 young people, entering the culinary or foodservice industry. As part of Nestlé’s broader Nestlé Needs YOUth Initiative, whose ambition is to help ten million young people worldwide access economic opportunities by 2030, YOCUTA aims to develop young professionals building a wide range of theoretical and practical skills required to pursue a successful career in the culinary industry. The Worldchefs Academy is part of the YOCUTA Program, complementing the technical and operational culinary skills education for future foodservice professionals.
About Worldchefs Academy
With about 30 million young people worldwide dropping out of school each year, the Worldchefs Academy provides one accessible way to engage those who don’t have the means, mobility or flexibility to attend full-time culinary school or undertake an apprenticeship. The program is available to anyone, no matter what background or current skill set, covering the basics of culinary professionalism, food service operations, culinary theory, food hygiene and sanitation, basic cooking and culinary nutrition. Worldchefs Academy can be downloaded on both the App Store and Google Play, or can be found at www.worldchefsacademy.com.
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