The nutrition system of the world differs according to several factors including demographics, food origin, quality of life, culture, religion, etc. In the last 50 years, new nutrition and diet trends have frequently appeared. Veganism is one of these, but it appears to be a trend or movement that is here to stay. In the last 10 years, there has been an increase in the Vegan lifestyle by 350%. Evidence shows that people have an interest and desire for this system, that rejects animal exploitation, respects animals’ right to life and promotes health for our people and our planet.
To meet the needs of this new vegan way of life, this project has been designed to innovate menus across Europe. We aim to do this via kitchen workshops and a pioneering course aimed at educators and students. We want to equip the cooks and chefs of the future with the skills and knowledge to be able to meet consumer demands. Our creative workshops will give students the hands-on experience they require for learning, implementing, and transforming menus of the future. This learning will also be incorporated into a course. VET curriculums across Europe have been noted to be lacking in Vegan specific content. Our goal is to create a course that covers all the details of the vegan nutrition and cooking system. We are creating a pan-European collection of vegan restaurant-style recipes and menus that will be presented in a multi-media format for inspiration and reference all as part of our OERs (Open Educational Resources). We aim to make our work permanent and accessible with our custom-designed E-learning platform.
Through our accessible and free resources, it is hoped that the vegan nutrition system will become familiar to many institutions that serve, produce, teach and support food and beverage within our regions, our priority target group, and therefore, equip educators and students to transform their skills into economic products.