Author: Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe

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.

 

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.

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.

24 Nov

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Cooking School in the Sky with Rouxbe & JetBlue Airways

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JetBlue partners with Rouxbe as part of their Fly-Fi Hub launch. Cooking enthusiasts can now learn to become better cooks whenever they travel with JetBlue.

 

NEW YORK (November 24, 2014) – JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York’s Hometown AirlineTM, is partnering with content providers Coursera, FOX, HarperCollins Publishers, National Geographic, Rouxbe and Time Inc. to offer customers more free content than any other U.S carrier in the sky. The Fly-Fi Hub is the new gateway to JetBlue’s Fly-Fi offering, the fastest Wi-Fi in the sky, and went live this morning.

Available to JetBlue customers via their own personal device, it will offer a wide range of entertainment options such as some of the most popular TV shows from FOX and National Geographic, ebook samples from HarperCollins, e-learning videos from Coursera and educational cooking videos from the Rouxbe Cooking School, which includes a subsidized membership exclusively for JetBlue travellers that would like to continue their learning on the ground.

“Our Fly-Fi Hub will set a new standard of onboard content in the airline industry. Not only are we the only U.S. airline to offer free Wi-Fi to customers, with our new portal, we are now taking it to the next level and provide endless hours of entertainment whether you want to read, learn or just relax watching a TV show. To make this a reality, we have partnered with some of the most respected content providers, with plenty more to come in 2015,” said Jamie Perry, director of product development, JetBlue.

JetBlue launched Fly-Fi, the fastest Wi-Fi among all U.S. airlines, last year, which is currently available on 88 aircraft, with the number of Fly-Fi enabled aircraft increasing each week. JetBlue is now the only airline in the world to offer free live television at every seat, free high-speed Wi-Fi and leading instructional content.

“What better way to spend your time in the air. Now you can take off with JetBlue and land a better cook then you were before you left the ground. We are a pleased to partner with an airline that cares about the food experiences travellers have both on the ground and at over 30,000 feet,” said Joe Girard, CEO of Rouxbe.

Happy cooking with JetBlue and Rouxbe!

P.S. Few screenshots of the in-flight cooking school experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

24 May

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Learn to Grow Your Own Food w/ Rouxbe Cooking School

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Learn to Grow Your Own Food

Given that our roots are in teaching people how to cook better, we thought it made sense to start the process of teaching people how to grow their own food.

Learn how to grow your own food with us as our team takes on this new and exciting challenge of transforming a yard or garden space, into a full production urban farm, from scratch.

This inaugural class is a bit different that all of Rouxbe’s other courses. This one comes complete with the unique opportunity for students to weigh-in as part of a collaborative learning community, while we actually build the future course. That’s right—it’s a work in process and you get to be a part of it. As a participant, you will be able to ask questions and follow alongside Rouxbe staff as they explore the tricks of the trade from some of the world’s leading gardeners, most of it delivered directly from the garden of Rouxbe’s founders. Participants can follow along in real-time in their own gardens, share their experiences with our global learner community, and even attend live video sessions with Rouxbe staff and experts.

This is a course for anyone who wants to learn more about growing food. Join us at Rouxbe as we plant deeper roots along a path to better cooking.

Sign up here to learn more: http://rouxbe.com/grow