City & Guilds launches digital professional chef qualifications

By Hannah Thompson contact

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City & Guilds launches digital qualifications for professionals

Related tags: Pastry chef, Chef

Professional hospitality body Worldchefs has teamed up with skills education group the City & Guilds to launch a new digital tool allowing professional chefs and educators to gain certification ‘on the job’.

The Global Culinary Certification will allow participants to be fully recognised for their existing skills gained while working in the industry.

The globally-recognised certifications [] include various levels of culinary education, pastry chef skills, and ‘master chef’ skills, and are available entirely online, meaning chefs do not have to travel (or, conversely, stay in one place), or take time out of their day jobs to complete them.

The certificates range from the Certified Professional Cook (Commis Chef) requiring three years’ professional experience in cooking or baking, to the Certified Master Chef title, suitable for chefs with a minimum of ten years’ professional cooking who also hold the role of executive chef or equivalent.

Medium-level qualifications include the Certified Pastry Chef, suitable for a pastry chef or baker with at least seven years’ professional experience.

Chefs taking part in the courses can showcase their skills online, and graduates will receive sharable ‘digital badges’ for use on their social media and job sites, advertising the qualification to employers and colleagues.

Culinary schools are also invited to use the qualifications to certify trainee chefs and cooks as they complete their studies.

Kirstie Donnelly, managing director at City & Guilds said: “Having internationally recognised standards that are earned online and recognised across the world will allow chefs to travel wherever their talents are in demand and help employers across the globe access the skilled workforces they need.”

“The Worldchefs global culinary certification has been well received by governments around the world and applauded by the industry and we are really excited about its potential to raise global standards of culinary excellence.”

Thomas A. Gugler, president of Worldchefs,​ said: “We are incredibly proud of the work we have done with City & Guilds. The industry has been crying out for a standard which reflects the highly mobile nature of the workforce.”

The City & Guilds operates across 80 countries, with office locations in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Dubai, South Africa and New Zealand.

Worldchefs was established in 1928 and now includes chef and culinary educator members from across 100 countries, as well as promoting culinary competitions and educational programmes.

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