UK’s first plant-based training scheme for chefs teaches menu creativity


The UK’s first plant-based training programme for chefs is due to begin this month.

The eight-month scheme is available to chefs at all levels and will be delivered by industry education provider HIT Training in collaboration with meat-free pioneer Quorn.

It will begin with a trends and insight webinar on Tuesday 26 January featuring cookery masterclasses from Chantelle Nicholson, chef patron at Tredwells & All’s Well, alongside Rory Mitchell and Mark Belford from HIT and a live Q&A.

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With plant-based dishes no longer on the menu just to cater for the minority, the course will help chefs develop meat-free dishes that will entice customers.

Paul Mannering, principal of the HIT Chef Academy, said: “It’s a pleasure to work with Quorn to launch our Plant Forward training programme and help to grow talent and support the next generation of chefs. Our objective is for chefs to finish the programme with a core set of skills and depth of knowledge across a variety of plant-based ingredients and products.”

Interest in plant-based menus shows no sign of slowing with health and sustainability playing a key role in decision making.

HIT says research shows that 68% of those reducing their meat intake say a ‘generally healthy lifestyle’ for their choice of diet is the reason behind their choices, whilst 67% say ‘protecting the planet for future generations’ is the reason they want to reduce their carbon footprint.

The course will feature a module on Quorn to showcase its versatility across different dishes and cuisines, alongside a module on sustainability to highlight the positive role plant-based proteins can have on both the health of the planet and people.

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