Vegetarian for Life

Caterer Training

Caterer Training

Training courses – catering for older vegans and vegetarians

Can your care establishment cater well and ethically for older vegans and vegetarians? Highly-subsidised expertise is now available.

The popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets is growing at an unprecedented rate in the UK. Are you equipped to cater for the rising number of vegan and vegetarian residents? 

The VfL cookery school offers courses that will put every learner on the right path to becoming a successful cook with an all-round plant-based repertoire. The diverse range of courses offers something for every level of ability, from chefs to cooks and head chefs to front of house staff. A practical, professional approach will give learners the knowledge and skills to cook plant-based options with confidence. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain confidence in the preparation of a range of vegan dishes.
  • Better planning of vegan and vegetarian menus, and how this can fit in with existing menu cycles.
  • Have a clear understanding of the importance of dietary choices being made by the vegans and vegetarians you cater for.
  • Gain get a better understanding of what constitutes a nutritionally balanced diet.

Learners will be given access to a range of resources to support their continued development.

All courses give learners the opportunity to ask any questions they have about vegan and vegetarian diets.

We can also give your team access* to our online training series entitled ‘Care catering for vegetarians and vegans’. Furthermore, if you’d like to be known as the very best, we can heavily subsidise full-day care caterer training courses.

These can be delivered on site at your premises, or at a choice of guest kitchens throughout the UK – all for just £25 per person.

Our training includes practical cookery demonstrations – and the best bit – the opportunity to sample the delicious food cooked on the day!

*Fees apply

Here’s what past attendees have said:

Feedback forms show that 93% of participants rate the one-day care caterer training 5 out of 5, and go on to introduce new meals and tasting sessions for their residents.

I would wholeheartedly recommend it to other care homes. It is training that is very important and very much needed within the care industry.

Angie Rahmani, Recruitment Manager and Director, The Retreat, Sunshine Care Ltd

These courses have helped a number of our staff members to provide more variety for vegetarians. We are very happy that they have helped us to improve our person-centred care at excellent value for money.

George Sampson, Head of Hospitality, MHA

The course gave them confidence at meal planning and in meeting residents’ nutritional needs. Now they are more confident not only at catering for vegetarian residents, but also for those who prefer to eat less meat as they age.

Geraldine Gilpin, Abbeyfield in Northern Ireland

Meet the team

Claire Bannerman

Claire Bannerman

Roving Chef (Scotland)

Claire has a love for vegetarian food that led to her studying Food Processing at Glasgow College of Food Technology. Here she began her culinary journey into food manufacturing, development and food safety training. Hungry for more knowledge on the influence of food on our wellbeing, Claire went on to become a REHIS accredited tutor and a Healthyliving Award Assessor.

In addition, she works closely with the NHS Health Improvement Teams to provide community cookery demos across central Scotland.

Alex Connell

Alex Connell

Roving Chef (North)

Alex has been a vegetarian for the past 30 years, 10 of which as a vegan. Alex has had a variety of roles in the catering industry, from teaching in secondary schools, to preparing meals for the Youth Hostel Association, through to delivering training to professional chefs. Most recently, Alex was the Principal Tutor at The Vegetarian Society Cookery School. In 2019, Alex joined the team of chefs working for Vegetarian for Life. He says: “Working in the care sector has its own set of challenges and rewards. I hope to able to pass on my passion for excellent vegetarian and vegan catering to chefs, managers and above all those we care for.”

Justina Bajorinaite

Justina Bajorinaite

Roving Chef (Central)

Justina is a Culinary Arts Management graduate who brings knowledge and passion for sustainable, plant-based eating. She has managed a variety of groups of chefs and created her own menus, working in both Italian and theatre restaurants. Justina is passionate about experimenting with different/unusual flavours and baking. She enjoys travelling and seeking inspiration in cuisines around the globe.

Oliver Bragg

Oliver Bragg

Roving Chef (South)

Working as an artist and combining this with an interest in nutritional health, Oliver aims to create healthy, beautiful dishes that reflect his passion for seasonality and sustainability.

As a chef he has worked in a variety of kitchens ranging from raw food to award-winning vegetarian cuisine. He enjoys redefining contemporary non-meat cuisine by experimenting with original flavour combinations and modern techniques, as well as considering optimum nutritional needs. He enjoys working with others in educating on plant-based diets.

Training can cover a wide variety of topics, including:

Care catering for older vegetarians and vegans webinar series – Five 30-minute online seminars that you can watch and replay at your leisure. British Dietetic Association accredited. Click here to initiate access.

Meat-free 101 – A half-day introduction to catering for your vegan and vegetarian residents. Also available as five 30-minute online seminars that you can watch and replay at your leisure. Click here to initiate access.

Dietary diversity and inclusivity in the care sector – If I get dementia will they serve me meat?

Vegan baking – Full day course to learn the secrets to creating tasty bakes without eggs or dairy

Vegan cheese masterclass – Inspiring half-day course for insight into the textures, flavours and health benefits of raw, fermented nut cheese and how to make it

Care caterer training – One-day caterer training on site at your premises, or at a choice of guest kitchens throughout the UK.

Cookery demos at events – Practical cookery demonstrations at small- or large-scale events and conferences

Chef training – One-to-one or with a small group of chefs to help improve their veg*n menu offering and assist with any issues

We can deliver highly subsidised, bespoke caterer training for you in house, no matter where you are in the UK. Our training includes practical cookery demonstrations and of course the opportunity to taste the food.

To request further information, please fill in the contact form below, and a member of our team will get back to you.

Interested in our caterer training programme?

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