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Cooking up a sustainable future

In this report, UK non-profit Forum for the Future argues that chefs have an important role to play in providing healthy and sustainable diets. The report sets out a vision of future chef training that focuses less on meat and dairy and more on “ethical, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients”.

The report makes five key recommendations:

  • Businesses and culinary institutes should make the case internally to value and invest in training and development
  • Embed sustainability into existing courses and on-the-job learning
  • Harness chefs’ creativity to innovate and diversify towards sustainable nutrition
  • Chefs and the wider food sector need strong connections to support learning, inspiration and change across the industry, including connections throughout the value chain, with producers and suppliers
  • Wider momentum behind sustainable diets and greater advocacy for the importance of the evolution of culinary training is needed

Read the full report, Cooking up a Sustainable Future: Insights and recommendations for actions to evolve mainstream culinary skills curricula, here. A Future Plates Teaching Handbook is also available. See also the Foodsource chapter What can be done to shift eating patterns in healthier, more sustainable directions?

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