Nestlé Professional skills up future chefs

Apr 24, 2012
Nestlé Professional NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL: Helping educate future chefs about nutrition through a new online course.

Nestlé Professional, the Nestlé business that supplies the food and beverage service out-of-home industry, is helping to educate future chefs about nutrition through a new online course in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

As part of its global commitment to nutrition, health and wellness, the company has created the interactive programme ‘Toque d’Or NHW’.

It aims to help catering college students learn about healthy eating and drinking, energy and nutrients, nutrition needs, and diets and lifestyle.

Launched in partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation, the course also aims to help students to understand food labelling and health in catering.

“Better engaged”

“Providing catering students with the necessary skills and information related to food and nutrition will ensure that they are better engaged with public health initiatives – from calorie labelling to sourcing of ingredients,” said Roy Ballam, Education Programme Manager at the British Nutrition Foundation.

Nutrition, health and wellness

The course is available online until July 2012.

Its six modules are suitable for both individual learning and teaching lectures.

Each module takes about 30 minutes to complete. Once all six modules are finished, students have the option of taking a short test.

A British Nutrition Foundation endorsed certificate will be awarded to those who pass.

This recognises the completion of a basic qualification in nutrition, health and wellness.

The course will be reviewed in July with an aim to launch it to the wider food service industry.

“Fundamental need”

“There’s no escaping the fundamental need for everyone working in the industry to have at the very least a basic understanding of nutrition, health and wellness,” said Neil Stephens, Country Business Manager of Nestlé Professional in the UK and Ireland.

“The healthy eating trend has been gaining momentum over recent years.

“Nestlé Professional is committed to encouraging the development of students’ skills in this area,” he added.

Nestlé Professional

The Nestlé Professional global food business has developed strong brands like Chef stocks and bouillons, Minors sauces and gravy, Maggi, American food brand Stouffers, Nestlé Desserts, Davigel frozen and chilled foods and Erlenbacher frozen baked cakes and desserts.

Its beverages business provides branded hot and cold non-carbonated drinks like Nescafé, Coffee-mate, Nesquik, Nestea and Vitality, to the commercial and institutional restaurant industry.

Nestlé Professional also offers premium beverage systems such as Nescafé Alegria, Nescafé Milano and Viaggi super premium beverages.

Globally, Nestlé Professional is present in more than 90 countries – with over 10,000 employees, including a large number of skilled chefs.

Nestlé Professional sources from 171 Nestlé factories worldwide and operates 15 dedicated food service factories, a number of specialist culinary centres, and a beverage centre located in Orbe, Switzerland.

Related information:
Nestlé Professional website
Nestlé Toque d’Or UK website

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