London badly needs to raise its game when it comes to culinary education and training. While the city established a reputation as a leading food city, attracting talented chefs and restauranteurs from around the word, its catering colleges and cooking schools suffered, like the vocational sector as a whole, from lack of funding, attention and ambition.
The combined challenges of coronavirus and Brexit only strengthens the case for improving culinary education. Restaurant, artisan, catering and street food businesses will need to up their offer, in terms of value for money, quality and sustainability, if they are going to attract customers back as we recover from the pandemic. But the effects of Brexit will make it much more difficult to take on workers from the EU.
Join us at the launch of our latest report, which makes the case for establishing a world beating College of Food in London, sets out how it might work in practice and explains why the idea needs investment now.
At the launch we’ll explore questions including:
Why do we need to reset food and hospitality training in London now?
What skills should a new College of Food concentrate on and how should it work with employers?
How could the College of Food help the recovery effort?
How we can make the College of Food a reality and ensure it is set up in a fair and accessible way?
Mario Washington-Ihieme, Researcher, Centre for London
Chair: Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
Gary Hunter, Deputy Executive Principal, Westminster Kingsway College
Asma Khan, Founder & Owner of Darjeeling Express
Claire Pritchard, CEO, Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency and Chair of the London Food Board TBC