Chef G5 | Young Chefs Unplugged

Erasmus+ for EU chef training

Young talent urgently sought! In all five German-speaking countries of the G5, the training of chefs is to be improved in the future.
Michael Gunz
Young talent urgently sought! In all five German-speaking countries of the G5, the training of chefs is to be improved in the future.

The G5 chefs are campaigning for a cross-border reform of chef training. To this end, the European Chefs Union is participating in an EU-funded project within the framework of the Erasmus+ education programme. The project includes surveys in schools, companies and associations of the participating countries.

In order to pass on specialist knowledge to the next generation, the federation of the five German-speaking chefs' associations "Koch G5" regularly organises the transnational knowledge congress "Young Chefs Unplugged" for young chefs up to the age of 25. With this in mind, the Koch G5 are now united in taking part in the forward-looking Erasmus+ project Young Chefs Unplugged.

"The aim is to improve the professional training of chefs and to make our profession even more attractive across Europe," the project partners involved agree. "To do this, we want to find out how the training regulations are put into practice in the participating countries and how satisfied the chef trainees are with them in each case."

About the Koch G5
The five German-speaking chefs' associations have joined forces as the Koch G5: Verband der Köche Deutschlands e.V., Verband der Köche Österreichs, Schweizer Kochverband, Südtiroler Köcheverband and Vatel Club Luxembourg. Together they reach 35,000 German-speaking professional chefs. They want to expand the European network and promote young talent.
To this end, several vocational schools and training companies in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, Luxembourg and Switzerland will be surveyed online in 2021. In addition, the training materials of the project countries will be compared and evaluated. The Erasmus+ project Young Chefs Unplugged is accompanied by social science

and funded by the European Union.

Cookery training across Europe under the magnifying

The survey results will be used to compare the satisfaction of graduates in the various countries. In future, the feedback will be systematised and collected on a regular basis. In addition, a catalogue of criteria is to help apply findings from best practice examples and recommendations in selected companies and schools. "We are committed to learning from each other across countries and setting up training in our countries well for the future," said the members of the Koch G5. "It will therefore be particularly valuable to make the next generation of professionals fit for the current demands


Giving perspectives

A first official final report of the Young Chefs Unplugged project is planned to be presented by the Koch G5 in early 2022 and published on a special EU website. The implementation is based on the Erasmus+ funding programme, which has brought together a wide variety of European collaborations since 2014. "In subsequent years, a continuation of the initiative should take place. Possibly, additional cooking associations of other EU countries can be won as partners," is the vision of the Koch G5. "We would like to see a sustainable partnership in all participating countries in the fight against the shortage of skilled workers. We are all united by the goal of keeping young chefs in the industry and improving the image of the chef profession."
About Erasmus+
The Erasmus+ programme aims to promote education, training, youth and sport in the European Union. Erasmus+ brings together the previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport, and the European cooperation programmes in higher education. Erasmus+ has a budget of around €14.8 billion. More than 4 million people will have benefited from EU funding by 2020. The seven-year programme aims to improve skills and employability and to modernise education, training and child and youth welfare systems. The follow-up programme Erasmus+ 2021-2027 started on 1 January 2021.