• Cyril McAree

Chef Network Celebrates 2500 Members


Chef Network celebrated reaching over 2,500 members in its online community at their Kitchen Culture event on Monday, 3rd July at LinkedIn HQ in Dublin. The Kitchen Culture event had chefs, Danni Barry, Deane’s EIPIC Restaurant, JP McMahon, Aniar Restaurant, Gather & Gather’s Mark Anderson and Darina Brennan of the Dalata Hotel Group take part in a panel discussion aimed at ‘Inspiring Positive Change for a Better Industry.’

Hosted by Gather & Gather, the event hoped to inspire chefs to make real changes in kitchens, in order to improve industry culture and nurture talent. Key objectives for Chef Network include attracting and retaining more chefs in the industry and bringing greater recognition and professionalism to the craft.

Members at the event benefitted from a LinkedIn workshop on ‘Building your professional profile online’. The talks were followed by a social event, celebrating the growing Chef Network community, with drinks & small plates from the Gather & Gather LinkedIn Team.

Mark Anderson, Gather & Gather said “I got involved at the very early stage of Chef Network to try and make a difference. I strongly believe we can make positive changes to the culture of our kitchens and reverse the trend in dwindling chefs if we mentor, educate and show greater collaboration in developing the next generation. I also wanted a voice, to be a representative of all the chef community, and strive for recognition of our trade and skill and to make it a positive place to work”

There are over 25,000 chefs working in Ireland, many of whom have no collaboration or engagement with other chefs. Chef Network provides a platform for chefs across all sectors and career levels to connect, communicate, inspire and work together to better their industry, through sharing best practice, peer-learning, education and training, personal and professional development.

Chefs can sign-up for free online at www.chefnetwork.ie, where they can set-up a profile, join communities & discussion forums, search and post job vacancies, as well as benefit from networking and educational events.


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