First culinary training centre opens in Egypt
Cairo, November 16, 2011
Makro Egypt in partnership with the Egyptian Chefs Association has launched of the country’s first culinary training centre, located in Akhbar Al Youm Academy.
The opening ceremony was attended by Hesham Zaazou, the deputy minister of tourism, and Chef Markus Iten, president of the Egyptian Chefs Association, and high-level officials from the Egyptian Tourism Federation and Makro Egypt, a statement from the company said.
The centre will host the culinary training programme which was recently launched under the patronage of the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF) and the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the European Union and the Nile University in Luxor.
Designed to raise the professional standards of culinary arts and food preparation, to ensure higher standards in the tourism industry, the course will provide both theoretical and practical training for Egypt’s future chefs, with Makro Egypt lending its expertise in both wholesale and local supply chain development, as well as international standards of hygiene and efficiency.
In support of the culinary program, the company will provide the centre with the all the ingredients that the chefs need, in addition to allowing trainees to both shop and receive additional technical training in Makro stores, the statement said.
The company recently hosted its first technical session for trainees at its Qualoubayia store, where almost 60 chefs received in-depth training into the proper means of transporting, handling and storing fruits and vegetables, meats, fish and dairy products.
During the training at the store, special sessions were given by Chef Badr from ECTC, who offered his expertise regarding specific cuts, hygiene and the preparation of various types of meat.
Francois Oliver, managing director of Makro Egypt, said: “The hotel, restaurant and catering (Horeca) segment is one of our most important customer bases and whenever we can, we work towards supporting the development of this important sector. Tourism is one of Egypt’s largest economic contributors and Horeca is a corner stone of this market. If we can work to improve these standards we can play a small part in ensuring Egyptian tourism stays ahead of its competition.”
Currently the course is being rolled out in Luxor and Cairo with plans for additional training centres in Alexandria, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, the statement said.
A total of 285 chefs have already enrolled in the course, which will comprise 6 modules taken over the course of a year.
Upon completion of the one-year training course, trainees will be subject to a final examination, which will be both theoretical and practical. Graduates will then receive international certification as a certified trainee chef for students who do not have previous work experience or as a certified chef, for students with a minimum of one year’s experience, it said. – TradeArabia News Service