A FRAMEWORK FOR SUCCESS
Employment and Employability Institute will be teaming up with Disciples Escoffier to pave the way to sweet success for Singapore’s culinary talents
It was a mere formality for the parties involved, but a big step forward for the industry. On 16 October, the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Disciples Escoffier International, Singapore Delegation and Republic Polytechnic, announcing their partnership for the Escoffier Symposium. The signing took place during the gala dinner held at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, celebrating Auguste Escoffier’s 172nd birth anniversary.
To be held in Singapore next June, the Escoffier Symposium will serve as a platform for junior chefs and culinary students to learn from master chefs from around the world through training, workshops and seminars. Significantly, it will tap on the international network of Disciples Escoffier, which number more than 30,000 members and chefs around the world.
“Developing and training the culinary skills of our chefs, is something we see as a common interest. This partnership is a win-win that helps our chefs come together,” says Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i. “Escoffier comes with very strong culinary expertise. As for e2i, we have built a good network on the ground, F&B, schools and various training centres over the years.”
According to Tan, the symposium aims to draw people from the F&B industry and young chefs who want to be part of it. He shares that it is also part of on-going efforts to raise the profile of the profession as a respectable and highly desirable one. “One aspect would be really to strengthen and grow the image of this sector, this job, that will really make people think “it’s not just a job, but a career that I want to pursue”.
Indeed, the overarching vision of the Escoffier Symposium is to upgrade the skills of the local culinary workforce and junior chefs through international exposure and training.
“Training is a key thing,” explains Tan. “Our mission at e2i is to make sure that our workforce is equipped with professional skills, so that they able to do their jobs well. So I think this partnership is really about the ability to bring skills and training to Singapore and its F&B industry.”
Robert Fontana, chairman of Disciples Escoffier Asia, adds, “The mission and goal of Disciples Escoffier is the transmission of knowledge to the younger generations. For the symposium, we are going to work together to see where and what kind of expertise we can bring to make the industry more appealing and interesting to the young people. That is the main core.”
The Escoffier Symposium will be just one F&B initiative amongst others that e2i is rolling out over the next year. Another highly anticipated event is Sprout 2019, which will be in partnership with Suntec Singapore following the festival’s successful debut earlier this year. Without a doubt, F&B remains an important sector that has domestic demand, international recognition, as well as a healthy level of interest and participation. On promoting and improving the F&B sector, Tan elaborates, “It’s about growing the traditional skillsets of the industry, as well as adding in the technology skills that are needed for the future.”
To further this vision, there are more initiatives to be unveiled in the coming months. Watch this space.