LAB.2030 | Youth 4 Food: Encouraging a New Generation of Culinary Experts
Throughout the world, the food industry is a dynamic sector, providing social and economic benefits. However, despite its importance, many countries are facing culinary skills shortage. Youth4Food is the abbreviation for the ‘Youth in action for a creative and sustainable gastronomy’ initiative. This international project is a collaboration between creative Bergen, Dénia, Gaziantep, Östersund and Parma, and focuses on improving knowledge surrounding the food value chain. The key aim is to increase the number of students entering the industry. In an area facing high unemployment, Youth4food not only supports a new generation of students in finding interesting career paths, but also tackles the skills-shortage in the gastronomy sector. The training provides students with the opportunity to engage with the entire food chain process from food production to preparation. School educators and local businesses wanting to contribute best practices and hands-on experience support the project. The blending of in-house teaching and business coaching helps align learning and efficiently prepares students for the reality of working in the industry. By motivating more students to move into the field of gastronomy through inspiring courses, these countries will be able to preserve their own food culture as well as being able to create a budding generation of food entrepreneurs.