“Giving something back to our industry and supporting the development of young chefs is something we are really passionate about after growing together with some our customers for the past decades. It’s well documented that our industry is experiencing a shortage of chefs and so helping to inspire young people to explore a career in food is absolutely vital. Without investing in future talent, the industry’s future becomes more uncertain. We choose to support young talent through the Springboard FutureChef programme. FutureChef is aimed at young people between the ages of 12-16, inspiring them to cook through a variety of activities, challenges and competitions.” – Sarah Reynolds
Organised by the Springboard charity, the FutureChef competition teaches 12-16 years olds how to cook and develop their understanding of food and culinary skills, whilst providing opportunities for practical work experience in the hospitality industry.
Reynolds has previously lent its expertise to FutureChef in the form of its food development team, who have mentored and judged entrants. Reynolds also provides fresh produce for the finals. See more on their website.
Since 1980, Springboard has provided free careers advice, training and work experience for the young, unemployed and disadvantaged in order to deliver opportunities for sustainable employment, whilst offering post-employment mentoring to encourage career progression. Not only does Springboard help people into careers, it also boosts the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries by addressing skills shortages and attracting new talent.
Reynolds sponsors many Springboard events, providing fresh produce for dinners, luncheons and other fund-raising opportunities. See more on their website.
Craft Guild of Chefs
As an industry ‘partner’ of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Reynolds works closely with the organisation in a number of areas. Just one of the ways we lend our support is by helping to raise awareness of fresh produce within families at local schools, via educational workshops.
As well as providing free fresh produce to many Craft Guild events throughout the year, Reynolds is a founding sponsor of the Graduate Awards. See more on their website.
Action against Hunger
Action against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger.
Reynolds supports the dedicated team at Action against Hunger to raise urgently needed funds at Taste of London, providing various fresh produce items for their stall.
Reynolds also supports the charity by providing fresh produce for other fund-raising initiatives. See more on their website.