The NECTAR Project, funded by Erasmus+ Programme, is a Sector Skills Alliance addressing the identified mismatch between the skills currently offered by cooks and chefs working in hospitals, residential care, and homecare and those actually demanded by healthcare institutions, private service providers and final end users in order to play a pivotal role in a user-centered approach to integrated food care.
Based on a “culinary-clinical integrated approach”, NECTAR has delivered a Chef Gastro Engineering (CGE) EU Occupational Profile and a learning outcome-oriented and modular EU Curriculum for the training of this new qualification. The efficacy of these results has been tested through five pilots in Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Austria. The results of the piloting action underlined the flexibility and adaptability of the Curriculum to different contexts and countries, as well as its effectiveness in filling the identified skills gap.
NECTAR partners are developing a European Network for the Education and Training of Chefs and Cooks Working In Health and Care Settings to promote learning from the project and the wider adoption of education and training for chefs and cooks working in health care settings. To launch this initiative a dedicated webinar has been organised by the NECTAR project partners on 22nd September 2023 at 15:00 CET.