02 Mar

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Farm Sanctuary Selects Rouxbe as Culinary Training Partner for Plant-Based Cooking.

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Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal rescue and protection organization, has partnered with the Rouxbe Cooking School to provide enhanced cooking education to all supporters looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet.

Starting today, supporters can visit Farm Sanctuary’s plant-based living site, V-lish for a special offer to attend the Farm Sanctuary Cooking School (plant-based only) – powered by Rouxbe. Supporters will receive a free 7-day trial and then a $200 credit that can be applied to their membership. Those that decide to join during their trial will only pay $99 for their initial tuition fee (instead of $299.99) and then $4.99 per month for as long as they want to further their learning (cancel anytime). Student membership will provide you with access to hundreds of instructional video lessons, techniques, plant-based recipes as well as chef support.

Ten percent (10%) of all proceeds will go directly to support various Farm Sanctuary projects.

 “Education has always been an important part of our DNA at Farm Sanctuary,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “We believe that helping people cook delicious plant-based foods could save millions of animals from cruelty, so we are excited to have partnered with the very best online education partner Rouxbe.”

Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate plant-based living.

“I am a French trained chef who converted to a 100% plant-based way of life over three years ago,” says Joe Girard, “I couldn’t be more honored to support the efforts of Farm Sanctuary and to play a role in reducing the amount of animal suffering in the world by helping people become exceptional plant-based cooks.”

Visit V-lish to take advantage of this incredible offer and $200 rebate on tuition.

 

04 Feb

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Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services and Rouxbe Partner to Offer Training Program

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Vancouver, B.C. (February 3, 2015)

Chartwells and the Rouxbe Cooking School are partnering to bring culinary skills training to associates of food operations at over 260 colleges and universities across the United States.

Rouxbe is pleased to announce the initiation of a training partnership with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, the leading contract foodservice provider in the United States.

In 2014 Chartwells and Rouxbe completed a pilot program to measure the potential impact and efficacy of Rouxbe’s training content and platform. Participants reported that Rouxbe training was a major enhancement in helping Chartwells’ associates enhance their skills in cooking fundamentals, and all demonstrated an overall increase in knowledge and confidence in applying techniques.

“I’m a seasoned cook with only on-the-job training… I never had the fundamental understanding of why we do things that way and what it accomplishes. Rouxbe gave me a better foundation to build upon,” said one associate. Regarding the value Rouxbe brings to Chartwells, another associate stated, “I think this is one of the best tools I have ever used to expand my knowledge in culinary arts. I think it would really be an asset to our company to retain and promote within our organization.”

Because of the positive results from the pilot, Chartwells Higher Education chose Rouxbe as a solution to bring cost-effective training in cooking fundamentals to its culinary teams.

“Chartwells’ culinary teams focus on guest-centered dining experiences by providing exceptional cuisine and service.  To enhance the skills and knowledge of our already talented culinarians and bring new associates to the next level through Rouxbe’s online training is a winning recipe. Chartwells is excited to work with Rouxbe to achieve this,” said Executive Chef Christian Fischer, Chartwells’ Vice President of Culinary Innovations.

The training program consists of instructional content that focuses on foundational cooking techniques used in a professional kitchen. In addition, Chartwells’ associates can track their learning, take assessments to verify progress, and review course content on demand. Rouxbe course content, consisting of close up HD video instruction and adaptive learning exercises, is available 24/7 from any internet enabled device.

“Chartwells shares Rouxbe’s commitment to innovation and health in foodservice. We are proud to offer Chartwells a training solution that directly supports their associates and gives them the tools needed to learn and grow on the job” said Joe Girard, Rouxbe’s CEO and co-founder.

About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe provides training and instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations, but also for serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. For more information on professional training tools or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

16 Jan

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Are We Eating & Medicating Ourselves Into Early Graves?

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If you haven’t already checked out this video below, I invite you to do so.

Did you know that according to the CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease as the number one killer, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, now totalling more than 18% of the nation’s GDP, are spent on the treatment of conditions that are tied directly to poor lifestyle choices, with poor dietary habits leading the way.

70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals

“Americans consume more medications than the rest of the world combined, with last year’s Mayo Clinic study indicating that 70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals,” said Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project chief medical officer. “We firmly believe the prescription all clinicians should be prescribing is Culinary Rx, enabling us to get back to the foundation of using food as medicine.”

It’s time to seriously think about change.

In fact, wait a minute. This is so ridiculously understated. It’s not time to think about change, it’s time to start thinking, to be honest. I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional, but as a chef and CEO of Rouxbe, the evidence is pretty clear to me that we need to change our ways. People need to start doing a little bit of digging and open their eyes to see that we are eating ourselves into early graves.

At Rouxbe, we’ve seen some amazing work from a lot of great organizations trying to drive healthcare change. It’s inspiring. We’d like to contribute the culinary education piece to these valiant efforts as we believe that one of the key missing ingredients is teaching people how to cook delicious food. It’s easy to tell someone they need to eat a particular food, but if they can’t cook and make it taste delicious, there simply won’t be long-term change.

09 Jan

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Rouxbe to Co-Develop and Power Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Course

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Vancouver, B.C. (January 9th, 2015)

Rouxbe Cooking School has partnered with Forks Over Knives to develop and deliver an online culinary instruction and lifestyle immersion program with a focus on low-fat, whole, plant-based foods.

Rouxbe is excited to announce that it has partnered with Forks Over Knives to create an immersive online cooking course that will help their customers and supporters become better, more informed, and more confident plant-based cooks. The learning experience will focus on the fundamental cooking and nutrition instruction needed to realize a low-fat, plant-based diet.

Forks Over Knives was launched in 2011 as a feature documentary. Backed by scientific research, the film presents a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by leaving animal-based and highly refined foods off the plate and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead.

The film, which received rave reviews from medical experts and entertainment critics alike, has been viewed by millions of people around the world and has become one of the most influential documentaries of our time. Forks Over Knives has helped ignite a food-as-medicine revolution, as a growing number of people are learning more about the benefits of plant-based cooking.

“We are excited to partner with Rouxbe because they are the leader in online cooking instruction,” said Brian Wendel, president and founder of Forks Over Knives. “The first-class course we’re developing with Rouxbe will provide the self-guided learning pathway needed for people to create delicious, satisfying, and healthy plant-based meals on their own.”

The course curriculum will cover a variety of subject areas from how to properly cut with a knife, to preparing and cooking vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes. The course focuses on teaching foundational plant-based cooking techniques that will drive better cooking results and will help more people make a successful transition to plant-based cooking.

Students will be able to move through the course at their own pace, accessing it from any device. After learning new techniques, students will be given practical (and edible) assignments and complete each learning module with an assessment quiz. There will even be live online question and answer sessions with Rouxbe and Forks Over Knives’ staff.

“For Rouxbe, Forks Over Knives is so powerful because it tells a story that the world desperately needs to hear. This film changed my life and I’m honored that we can help others begin to understand how and why our world is shifting towards eating more plants for better health—where forks DO rule,” says Joe Girard, Rouxbe Co-Founder & CEO.

Fork Over Knives and Rouxbe will begin pre-sales for the Forks Over Knives Online Course on February 1st for a March 1st 2015 release.

Get on the list!

Seating will be limited. Want to be the 1st to be notified when we release, sign up on Rouxbe’s plant-based list (bottom of page).

31 Dec

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Marriott International Selects the Rouxbe Cooking School to Launch Online Culinary Training Across its Global Properties

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Vancouver, B.C. (December 30th, 2014) 

The Rouxbe Cooking School announced today a partnership with Marriott International, a leading global hospitality company, that offers its culinary associates a new way to elevate their culinary skills. Beginning in 2015, Marriott associates at participating hotels will have access to the Rouxbe online training and certification program recognized throughout the culinary industry.

“Culinary training is a combination of hands-on experience and engaging content,” says Brad Nelson, Corporate Executive Chef, Marriott International. “Through Rouxbe, we are able to capitalize on a globally relevant platform to deliver technical training to our culinarians and to promote their career growth.”

The culinary training includes a vast library of instructional videos and various modes of other learning through interactive quizzes, instructor-submitted activities and practical in-house assignments graded by other senior Marriott chefs. Culinary associates who complete the full requirements of the program can earn a Marriott endorsed training certification through Rouxbe while maintaining their roles in Marriott’s kitchens.

Marriott International’s focus on providing its culinary associates with training is paramount to the company’s culture and core values to ‘Put People First.’  The program leverages Rouxbe’s delivery and cost-effective online instruction and pairs it with real-world work experience that associates have with Marriott.  The self-paced online platform and culinary training curriculum focuses on teaching professional cooks of all abilities foundational techniques and key cooking methods.

“In a continually evolving business environment where food trends and consumer preferences change, lifelong learning is a necessary ingredient for success,” says Mark Boccia, Senior Director, Global Learning, Marriott International. “Learners with all levels of culinary experience will have access to hundreds of well-designed and visually appealing lessons they can immediately apply to their jobs.”

“As a professional cook for many years, I only wish I had the resources of a professional cooking school in my back pocket while I worked in the kitchen. Marriott is clearly leading the industry with this major initiative to provide their culinary teams with cutting-edge training opportunities to develop their craft,” says Joe Girard, CEO of Rouxbe.

About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe is equipped to provide certificate-level instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations, but also for serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. For more information on professional training tools or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.