Restaurants from across Ireland and Northern Ireland have been enlisted by Chef Network to offer guest slots in kitchens throughout the week of the 6 - 12 of November.
There are over 300 guest slots available in 50 restaurants, cafes, bakeries and hotels across 14 counties, each signing up to offer opportunities to aspiring chefs, bakers, patisseries, and chocolatiers.
This is the first year of Open Kitchen Week 2023, and the organisers are already planning to expand the iniatative in 2024 and beyond.
Participating businesses include some high-profile names such as Bread 41 in Dublin, Elbow Lane in Cork, House of Plates in Castlebar, Aniar in Galway, 2 Taps Wine Bar in Belfast and Clayton Hotels to name but a few.
The aspiring chefs taking part can sign up for a two to three-hour shift, a full day or a particular service such as breakfast, lunch or dinner service, depending on what is on offer from the particular establishment.
Registrations will open from September 12th.
“Chef Network and many many people in the industry do great work to build positive and nurturing work environments in kitchens, but we don’t always see or hear about it, so we thought ‘let’s open up kitchens and show people,’" said Ruth Hegarty, from egg&chicken Food Consultancy, who is leading the project for Chef Network.
"This is for anyone who has considered any kind of kitchen or culinary career, or it might spark someone’s curiosity for the first time."
"Our message is that a career in a professional kitchen could be for anyone; there is such a huge diversity of types of roles and places to work, and there are so many opportunities out there participating, so we expect slots to book up fast.”