WHAT IS THE KIND OF WORK THAT GOES BEHIND THE PLANNING OF YOUR PROJECTS OR INITIATIVES?
FEED THE PLANET AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE SHONAH CHALMERS Vice Chairmam – Canada
Many hands make light work, is how the committee is able to be successful in executing as many plans as they currently carry out. With conference calls, many emails and assistance from our partners Electrolux & AIESEC we managed to have several irons in the fire at the same time. There are culinary centres being built all over the world where there wasn’t any culinary support for young chefs previously, and many new schools are implementing the sustainability curriculum with the support of our committee.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE FEED THE PLANET AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE?
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM YOUR COMMITTEE IN 2018 AND 2019?
The mission of the Feed the Planet and Sustainability Committee is to motivate culinary professionals to improve the global situation of sustainable food consumption through education and support systems in partnership with AIESEC and Electrolux.
Our committee is excited to release a new sustainability proposal that all members of Worldchefs can participate in. With this, we can all make a huge change in reducing food waste! There are also many regional educational programs planned for this time frame that members can be a part of if they are interested. Our hope is that all Worldchefs members can get motivated to participate in their local initiatives and can look to our committee for some effective plans and ideas to help facilitate their culinary plans.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED ON THIS COMMITTEE? I eagerly joined the Feed the Planet and Sustainability Committee as Vice Chairman in December 2016, as I had a passion for the ideas held by this committee and since I’m in the education sector, it seemed like a great fit for me. WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS OR INITIATIVES CAN WORLDCHEFS MEMBERS EXPECT FROM YOUR COMMITTEE? Our Committee facilitates two very different efforts, the first is to help support many different culinary education sites for those in need globally by creating new culinary education centres, where there are currently none available. The second is to share an amazing fully comprehensive food-service specific sustainability curriculum. This sustainability education is available to culinary schools and Worldchefs associations around the world. We can also facilitate the success of a local initiative, by sharing our current successful practices.
OVER THE NEXT 2 YEARS, WHAT IS THE OVERALL IMPACT THE FEED THE PLANET AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE HOPES TO MAKE? Our greatest hope is to have sustainability champions from every Worldchefs country, to spread the word and act as a leader on the subject. The objectives of sustainability and alleviation of hunger are within our grasp to have a major impact on if we all do our part, to educate ourselves and share the best practices in all of our regions. Aligning our efforts with like-minded organizations may help our greater cause to have a stronger united voice. COMPLETE THE SENTENCE – WORLDCHEFS IS… An authority on all things food and chef associated. WWW.WORLDCHEFS.ORG
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