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Military Foodservice Personnel Hone Culinary Skills

Weeklong educational forum focused on knife skills, global flavors and culinary techniques

WEB-FES-mil-1Military personnel gained hands-on experience during the 2016 Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence.Forty-one military foodservice personnel participated in a weeklong culinary educational forum that included sessions on knife skills, global flavors and culinary techniques, led by instructors from The Culinary Institute of America. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation hosted the event.

The annual forum fills a crucial gap in providing military foodservice personnel skills that can eventually translate into restaurant careers, said Rob Gifford, executive vice president, NRAEF. “With the restaurant industry thriving, these culinary educational sessions will help our servicemen and women build rewarding careers — both during and after their service to the nation.”

More than 250,000 military veterans are currently employed in the restaurant industry, according to the National Restaurant Association, which estimates that number to increase by 25,000 in the next 5 years.