The Brigades Culinaires
The Brigades Culinaires program focuses on basic cooking techniques and the principles of healthy eating.
La Tablée des Chefs' Birigades Culinaires project puts young people between the ages of 12 and 17 at the heart of the action in order to mobilize other young people and create a group phenomenon around diet and healthy lifestyle. The program stems from Ateliers du Frère Toc – following a focus group that was carried out in secondary schools where teenagers showed great interest in activities surrounding the kitchen and food.
The program consists of three main areas: social, multicultural and nutritional. Through 24 theoretical and practical culinary workshops including activities to prepare and organize challenges, the young participants develop their culinary skills and food knowledge, leading them toward their own food autonomy.
The Brigades Culinaires program helps preventing the loss of knowledge and culinary skills among future generations. It allows young people to engage in remarkable and exciting activities in schools. The Brigades Culinaires represent a beautiful image of social cohesion and openness toward the world and culinary discoveries. This new approach makes culinary training accessible to more young people.
The pilot year
During the pilot year, over 300 youths actively participated in Brigades Culinaires workshops. Twenty groups of students in 18 schools, mostly in underprivileged areas, took part in workshops and three rallying challenges across five regions in Quebec. The first challenge – a multicultural
fair – introduced new flavours to more than 250 youths per school. During the second challenge, the students reinvented a snack to make it more nutritional. Lastly, they organized a final challenge whereby more than 7,500 jars containing the ingredients of a cookie recipe were distributed to families in need all across Quebec. La Tablée des Chefs then selected the top five crews, one from each participating region, to take part in the provincial finale, held in our Jean-Talon Market kitchen.
Congratulations to the finalist :
- Georges-Vanier (Montreal)
- Antoine-Brossard (Brossard)
- Horizon Jeunesse (Laval)
- Académie Les Estacades (Trois-Rivières)
- Mgr Sévigny (Gaspésie)
Ultimately, the Georges-Vanier ( A Montreal school) won the last round. They proudly walked away with the banner for Quebec’s best crew for the 2012-2013 year.