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Armed Forces Forum addresses needs of military’s foodservice personnel

The National Restaurant Association Military Foundation is offering military foodservice personnel culinary training at its annual Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence through Oct. 10.

The Armed Forces Forum, which is being held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif., offers a week of training, education, mentoring and networking to outstanding military servicemen and women from foodservice operations at Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and Military Sealift Command installations or ships located around the world. It is being sponsored by the Anheuser Busch Companies Inc.

Participants hone their culinary and foodservice management skills in seminars, hands-on cooking activities and mentoring and career-coaching sessions. The culinary sessions will focus on such topics as flavor dynamics and global cuisine, repairing and reviving recipes, and techniques for cooking seasonal dishes.

“It is truly humbling to be able to give back to our military servicemen and women, when they are giving so much for our industry and our nation,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president, strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “Events like this allow us to connect with military personnel to further develop the skills and passion that will help them transition to rewarding restaurant careers.”

In addition to the culinary and management sessions, the participants also will take a tour of the Napa Wine Train’s exclusive kitchen, where some will cook alongside its chef, Kelly McDonald, during the dinner service.

According to NRA research, more than 250,000 military veterans are currently employed in the restaurant industry and that number is expected to increase by 25,000 within the next five years.

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