Springboard’s FutureChef is now in its 15th year and is the biggest and most successful national secondary school cooking initiative in the UK. Last year, over 6,000 people took part in the year-long school programme and over 8,000 12-16 year olds from 550 schools took part in the competition.
“I have been fortunate enough to be involved with the Springboard FutureChef initiative since its inception and I know the impact it has made in schools and colleges across the country. Springboard’s FutureChef helps inspire young people to get excited about careers in the hospitality industry. Not only does it provide valuable work experience but it equips them with the skills to succeed and progress in their future career within Hospitality.” Brian Turner CBE, Springboard’s FutureChef Chairman
The initiative was first developed as a result of research findings into young people’s perceptions of the Hospitality Industry, revealing that though young people admired high profile and celebrity chefs, they didn’t generally see themselves pursuing a career as a chef. In addition, the biggest skills shortage in the industry is in the kitchen due to lack of cooking in both the home and on the school curriculum.
The Springboard Charity was keen to do something about it, and with significant support and funding from The Savoy Educational Trust, the initiative was developed to support schools and students around the UK.
Get involved with this year’s FutureChef programme and you could be the next top chef!