Training NHS chefs for the future

NHS Supply Chain has developed the Chef’s Academy programme which invites NHS hospital chefs to free training days with live demonstrations, hands-on cooking, guest speakers and the opportunity to network with peers.

The events are hosted by NHS Supply Chain: food team’s culinary specialists and are designed to inspire innovation and professional development amongst NHS chefs and catering staff.

Attendees learn about nutritious, tasty and cost-effective recipe concepts, with the intention of providing greater choice of food in NHS hospitals and improving patient experience.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the Chef’s Academy initiative was placed on hold, with only one event able to go ahead late last year. It was decided not to replace the sessions with virtual events as they are designed to involve interactive cooking demonstrations and food-tasting with culinary experts.

Following the recent Government roadmap announcement, new dates for March and April have now been confirmed, with limited spaces currently available. The full day events are held at catering colleges across the country, so current guidelines allow the Chef’s Academy training days to begin from 8 March, with social distancing in place.

Nick Vadis, Culinary Specialist at NHS Supply Chain who is leading on the Chef’s Academies said: “I’m so glad that we can once again offer our Chef’s Academy training events to NHS chefs across the country. They provide a platform for catering staff in NHS hospitals to upskill and share best practice by learning new recipes and techniques. We were always going to hold out for a time when we could host face to face events, and now with culinary colleges able to reopen we have the opportunity to do so.”

Spaces are available at the following four sessions and take place from 9am to 4pm:

West Herts College in Watford on 26 March
University of West London in Ealing, London on 30 March
University of West London in Ealing, London on 31 March
West Herts College in Watford on 8 April.

Further events are due to take place in July.

All dates are subject to change should Government guidelines change. NHS chefs can register their interest for a spot at an upcoming event using the button below.

A member of the NHS Supply Chain team will be in touch to discuss dates and locations.

Register here

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