Charlotte, N.C., April 24, 2018 – Elior North America, a food-focused and Chef-centric company, is partnering with the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to offer hundreds of disadvantaged high school students in cities across the U.S. hands-on culinary training and experiences to develop the next generation of culinary leaders. Throughout its 25-year history, C-CAP has led the way in providing culinary training and job opportunities, workplace fundamentals and scholarships to students.
“At Elior, we care about the communities where we live and work. It is our corporate responsibility to reach beyond our kitchens and identify opportunities to positively impact people through our passion for creating unique culinary experiences,” says Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer, Chris Ciatto. “We value diversity and believe this program will introduce culinary careers to students from all walks of life. We are not only promoting good citizens, we are introducing them to worthwhile careers.”
“Elior North America is committed to developing the next generation of Chefs in our local communities,” says Senior Vice President of Culinary Development, Guy Kellner. “Through our partnership, Elior Chefs mentor these promising students to provide them with the foundation needed to become future culinary leaders. Culinary careers are rewarding, and we are excited to show them the many different career paths that are available.”
Elior will host several events which includes the 4 C’s Workshop and Job Shadowing Program, in three cities this year. The 4 C’s Workshop will be a half-day workplace learning workshop led by an Elior Human Resources professional and a Mentor Chef that will provide the opportunity for in-depth teaching and training for C-CAP students in career readiness topics based around the 4 C’s: consistency, communication, candor and competence. The C-CAP Job Shadow Program is a full-day program for specially selected C-CAP students to be hosted by an Elior Mentor Chef at an Elior facility and provided with an in-depth, one-on-one look into a day in the life as a Corporate Chef. The first series of workshops and job shadows will be held in late April and throughout the month of May.
In addition to the training events, Elior North America was the Platinum Sponsor of the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program Benefit that took place in late February. The benefit raised over $1,000,000 for culinary training and educational programs for underserved youth.
Careers through Culinary Arts Program Benefit photography provided by Kathryn Cooper and Scott Roth
About Elior North America
Elior North America enhances people’s lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service. The family of companies, with over 18,000 team members, provides food service solutions and catering to more than 1,500 client accounts in five industry segments across the continental United States. Elior North America is among the top contract food service companies in the United States. The company is part of the European contract catering firm Elior Group.
Learn more at www.elior-na.com.
Lauren Van Liew
Lou Hammond Group