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100 Graines de Chef beneficiaries a year by 2020

For Thierry Bridron, Executive Chef at l’Ecole Valrhona, Graines de Chef is an initiative close to his heart, allowing him to pass on his passion for pastry to young people and so foster the next generation of chefs. Last year, Thierry helped select the program beneficiaries, delivered courses, and even took on one of the students as an intern at l’Ecole Valrhona.

Graines de Chef is a joint initiative between the Fondation Valrhona and the Fondation Paul Bocuse, in partnership with local training centers, to enable young people to experience the pastry makers’ profession and to encourage the most motivated among them to embark on a professional CAP Pâtissier qualification. 

The four-step program gives apprentices a taste of life as a pastry chef, including courses in key pastry skills and an apprenticeship with a Valrhona client. In 2017, we trained 10 young people. Six have since gone on to start a professional qualification (CAP Pâtissier), with our clients as serving as their apprenticeship mentors. In 2018, we plan to launch the program in three new towns in France.

15 beneficiaries since 2016
10 beneficiaries in 2017
6 young people have started a CAP Pâtissier qualification

“This type of action gives even more meaning to my work and that of l’Ecole Valrhona. I’m going to follow the progress of each student closely!” Thierry Bridron, Executive Chef at l’Ecole Valrhona

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