A new culinary initiative called Chef Network was launched at Food & Bev Live in Dublin last week.
The initiative is an inclusive professional network for Ireland's chef community, connecting the 25,000-plus chefs working and studying in Ireland.
Over 100 chefs and industry stakeholders attended the launch at Food & Bev Live event at CityWest. Chefs that spoke at the event included JP McMahon of the EatGalway Group, Stephen Holland, Executive Sous Chef, Lough Erne Resort and Niall Hill, Executive Chef, The Butlers Pantry.
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The network has been developed with chefs across Ireland and the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance, aiming to improve engagement and cooperation between chefs, focusing on education and training, business development and professional development.
On the website chefnetwork.ie chefs can connect and collaborate with each other, and can create individual profiles, share and discover resources, join groups and discussions, post and search for jobs, learn from other chefs and keep up-to-date with events and training opportunities.
Jp McMahon, chef-patron of Aniar, Cava Bodega and Eat Gastropub in Galway, said: "Chefs have a responsibility to network with each other to make our food better. I see collaboration as a really positive thing. We can all inspire and learn from each other in different ways. Chef Network provides a platform for chefs across Ireland to do this".