New Sustainability Internships Food for Soul

New Sustainability Internships and Courses Coming

Joint programs with Food for Soul will start in December.

At the recent Brain Food Forum in Milan in occasion of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Grand Finale 2019-2021, in Milan - a series of new educational opportunities dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility was announced, following a unique partnership between the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy and Italian chef Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul initiative.

Set to launch this December, the Culinary Ambassadorship and Internship Programs will feature two key components: an online training course to help Academy members engage with sustainability and inspire positive change; and an immersive internship program in one or more of Food for Soul’s Refettorio across the globe, where members will gain hands-on experience while contributing to food system sustainability and wellbeing initiatives.

Further details on the Culinary Ambassadorship and Internship Programs, including dates and how to apply, will soon be available in the reserved area of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy website.


Online Culinary Training in Sustainability

Young Chef members of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy will have the opportunity to take advantage of an online course developed by the World Association of Chefs' Societies, known as Worldchefs, a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. The course consists of eight biweekly modules with active weekly support and, upon completion, members will receive a certification.

On top of this, Academy members can also opt to support Food for Soul food education initiatives taking WorldChefs Feed the Planet'sTrain the Trainer program. 

Each lesson includes activities, quizzes, localisation tips, and assessments. The course will be available in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French.


Global internships with Food for Soul

Currently, Food for Soul has 13 active Refettori in different parts of the world — including in the US, UK, Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil — with many more in the pipeline. Young Chef members will have the opportunity to volunteer in their kitchens as part of an exclusive internship program that will run for either a week, a month, or three months, according to availability. A schedule will be updated periodically by the Academy.

As part of this experiential learning, S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy members will be expected to carry out various activities in Refettorio kitchens in different cities over a period of three years, with at least one week spent in each venue. Upon competition of the internship, chefs will receive a certificate to acknowledge their contribution and international experience.


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Chefs completing both sustainability training and internships are recognised as Ambassadors of Food for Soul's mission going on to use their voice to transform our food system.

All these activities will allow Young Chef members of the Academy to join the Food for Soul Guest Chefs network, where they can actively contribute (via suggestions, recipes and videos) to the creation of a more sustainable and inclusive food system, and increase awareness around the social and environmental impact of waste.

The Culinary Ambassadorship and Internship Programs activated by the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, in partnership with Food for Soul, will enrich the educational, mentoring and networking activities of the Academy, which have been made available since its launch in 2020. With this initiative, the Academy aims to further empower Young Chefs to use their voice, talent and passion for social good.


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