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3rd October 2023

Umbrella Training partners with Metaverse Learning to launch virtual chef courses

Written by: Edward Waddell
Umbrella Training has launched an industry-first virtual chef training programme aiming to create a learning and development platform fit for future generations.

The initial programme, developed in collaboration with Metaverse Learning, is being targeted at Gen-Z and Gen A entry level commis chefs in the hospitality industry.  The initial rollout will cover three main scenarios:

  • Introduction to the kitchen environment
  • Prepare, method and finish of spatchcock chicken
  • Preparation, method and finish of boulangère potatoes and chantenay carrots

Adele Oxberry, founder and chief executive of Umbrella Training, said: “The skills and people shortage is clearly the most significant challenge our sector is now experiencing. With these programmes, we are addressing a brand new generation of learners who are more digitally, distanced and flexible learning focused. 

“Their new learning characteristics are more diverse than we have managed before and this is the generation we need to attract into our industry who will hopefully, have life long careers in hospitality. As educators, we know things have to change in order to service our sector in the future. But we have to transform ourselves in an effective, sustainable and scalable way.”

Users will be able to meet their designated head chef at the door and enter a virtual kitchen. The space has been specifically designed for learners and those looking to develop their skills. When they arrive at their station, they are given their recipe along with instructions as what to do. 

Pete Redman, chef director at BM, added: “This is a really exciting development and a really useful way to engage new people into our sector. Our sector is incredibly hands-on and this technology helps to bridge the gap between the needs of our sector and the way in which young people are keen to learn. The application and opportunities are endless and this could have a huge impact on our sector.”