‘Engage Professional Chefs In Vocational Training’

Members of the Chefs Association of Ghana

THE CHEFS ASSOCIATION of Ghana has appealed to government to update and equip technical and vocational institutions to produce chefs who will add value to the profession.

The chefs have also called on culinary schools to offer revised course specifications to enable chefs continue their education while on the job.

In a statement issued yesterday in Accra in commemoration of this year’s International Chefs’ Day, the chefs appealed to government to involve professional chefs in course contents developed for schools as well as involve them in the technical and vocational education to produce competent youth to fill the gap in the hospitality industry.

Again, they said government should also enforce the insurance policy to enable hospitality industry owners to insure their staff for their safety and future benefit.

“It is our duty to pass on our knowledge and culinary skills to the next generation of chefs with a sense of pride, passion and commitment to the future,” they noted.

The theme for this year’s International Chefs’ Day was “Healthy Foods for the future”. They added that it suited well with the Eat Ghana campaign initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to encourage Ghanaians to consume Ghana’s rich and healthy food.

A chef usually works in a hotel or a restaurant or as professional caterer.

Chefs have become increasingly involved in the global movement to reduce food waste, championing food waste reduction in their restaurants and empowering local communities to check food waste. However, “most chefs have lost their lives due to Covid-19; and access to well-equipped chef schools to train chefs while on the job or starting the profession is a major challenge.”

The Chefs Association of Ghana is a member of the World Association of Chefs Societies (World Chefs) founded by Chef Dr. Bill Gallagher in 2004.

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