ERASMUS+ Staff training French Cook Masterclass

For (VET or not VET) school and Adult education staff involved in Cook Training – Chefs involved in training

Location: ALFMED – Perpignan / FRANCE

5-day program or  3 days program 

2 half-days Masterclass with French Cook teachers in a state-of-the-art Professional Training center Lycée Bourquin

2 half-days Masterclass with French Cook Chefs from Toques Blanches in their own kitchen (per groups of 5 pers max)

Best practice exchanges with Michelin starred Chefs

Wine & Cheese tasting session

Wine cellar and tasting visit – AOC – IGP wines presentation
2017 Press Kit Roussillon wines ENG PDF

Local Producer visits (upon season)

Cultural & touristic visits (upon seasons and events)

Some sessions include an international Cook festival contest** or a Gastronomy Event**

Through this Staff Program our objectives cover 4 main areas:

  1. French gastronomy exploration
  2. Improve technical competences related to French Cuisine and local products
    • Depending on the sessions specific** themes are provided:  Gastro & Wine Harvesting events – Chocolate and lamb – Festive meals for Xmas
    • Gain knowledge about French professional Training centers: resources- means -pedagogy
    • Best practice exchanges are favoured among teachers and Chefs
  3. Get to know our professional network of French Hosting Chefs
    • Thanks to our close collaboration with the French Chef Association Les Toques Blanches and the local network of Michelin starred Restaurants, we are able to provide many valuable internships in traditional – gastronomic – bistronomic restaurant that use fresh products and value the French know-how
  4. Discover our “Cook student Mobility” philosophy
    • Present our organisation and the way we host ER+ students
    • Logistic conditions that we provide for students
    • The pedagogical method we use to prepare students for this kind of internships: key factors of success (even when French level is zero)

Our aim is to provide such Masterclasses planned on specific dates and open to different European training centers so to favour best practice exchange and a diverse European mobility experience for teachers.

>> All activities are conducted in English (minimum A2 or a colleague for translation from English is needed) and French (French is not required/optional)

>> Accommodation options are provided in Perpignan city center

>> All activities are managed by ALFMED staff

>> Masterclasses are organised with French cook teachers and Chefs of the association ‘Toques Blanches’ and performed in a professional Cook facilities

>> Full program is set up for open groups of 15 people maximum on specific dates set up with our French Chefs

>> Registration on one of the program session is requested minimum 2 months in advance

The way we do it:

  • Before Mobility
    • Registration of the participant on one of the sessions 2 months in advance
    • Fill in the Staff Training questionnaire so to identify the participant’s objectives and wishes
    • Advice for travel and connections of the participant
    • Accommodation bookings and Infopack sent to participants with an emergency number during the trip
    • Confirmation of the full training program/ LA – Registration to the Cook contest (if any)
  • During Mobility
    • Upon arrival: Welcome folder and orientation meeting to recall objectives and logistics
    • We take care of
  • French language evaluation Certificate (if French language is spoken)
  • Cook Masterclass Certificate

What did we learn from our “Cook- Pastry – Baker” Erasmus student experience?

  • French language is not compulsory if students have some motivation and technical competences
  • French Chefs are willing to share their savoir-faire as far as they find ‘passion’ among their Erasmus+ trainees
  • Potential participants are sometimes afraid by the language barrier but they all end up with an incredible Cuisine experience both inside the restaurant and outside as France is THE place to learn about Gastronomy
  • Cook teachers are the best mentors for apprentices. Better for them to understand the context where their students will operate and how they can overcome mobility difficulties
  • Job shadowing/internship gives a tremendous opportunity to exchange best practice in terms of technics, intercultural communication, language improvement, career insights…

Why and how do we offer this “French Cook Masterclass”  staff program?

  • Perpignan stands in the region Occitanie Pyrenees-Mediterranean, we are proud of our 48 Michelin-starred chefs who have raised the region’s gastronomy to new heights of gourmet achievement, flavour and elegance.
  • Nestled between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean coast, Perpignan coastal plain offers a wide range of products : from wine to artichokes, green lettuce, organic tomatoes, apricots, peaches, apples, cherries and strawberries… Pyrenees lamb, Conflent duck foie gras, seafood, local products inspire Chefs and open large horizons for creativity. This is what our Chef will have to share as well.
  • Perpignan region offers a diverse range of wines, each with its own particular character : 14 AOP and 3 IPG wines, mainly from 23 different varietals
  • Michelin starred Chefs are constantly exploring our natural range of locall products between sea and mountains, with 350 days of sun per year ! it is an opportunity to meet them
  • ALFMED collaborates with the famous French Professional Chef association “Toques Blanches” that counts some Michelin-starred Chefs as well as renowned qualified Chefs who valor local products and seasonal cuisine based upon both tradition and ‘nouvelle’ French cuisine. They will welcome Cook teachers and provide a highly treasured job shadowing as a professional experience in French context.
  • ALFMED works together within Erasmus + projects with some state-of-the-art Cook VET Training centers. French VET teachers will welcome participants and provide a highly valuable job shadowing as a training experience in French VET context.

  

8th to 15th October 2018
**Topic: Banyuls Harvest Wine Festival – Professional Cook contest « Les Saveurs Méditerranéennes »
3th -10th December 2018

*Topic: Festive meals

18th to 22nd March 2019

**Topic: Wine and meals pairing + Toques Blanches Gastro event

8th to 15th April 2019

*Topic: Easter Chocolate and Pyrenees lamb

7th to 14th October 2019

**Topic: Banyuls Harvest Wine Festival – Apprentice cook contest  “Les saveurs Méditerranéennes”

BUDGET : This program is set up for an open group of 15 persons (small sub-groups), full budget starts from 700 eur/pers of 5 days activity (ask for a quote if 3 days).  This includes meals during Masterclass and Job shadowing, full assistance & local transport, all activities planned, local transfer upon arrival in Perpignan.

Accommodation is set up at Appart’Hotel Mer & Golf in Perpignan city center. Quote upon request for groups (single studio 70 eur/pers/night- twin studio 96 eur/night/2pers)

LOGISTICS  : Perpignan has easy connections through French airports : Perpignan – Toulouse  or Spanish airports : Barcelona – Gerona. We can assist you to set up the best logistics option.

Why would you include this staff training in your application?

Interested  in this Cook Masterclass staff program?  contact here.

Florence Delseny Sobra, the Managing Director and Alexandra Deit-Brummelhuis, Mobility Manager are at your disposal for any further inquiries.

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