Vegetarian World Forum
THE VEGETARIAN No. 4 Vol.
3 - WINTER 1949 pp53-54:
WORK OF THE VEGETARIAN CATERING ASSOCIATION
INFORMATION from all quarters of the Association stresses
the urgent need of vegetarian cooks. Undoubtedly, our ultimate aim should
be a permanent School of Vegetarian Catering and Cookery, but, under the
prevailing national conditions, the initial outlay on premises, equipment
and the maintenance for some years, of a project which would be creditable
to the Vegetarian Movement, would be very costly, and of necessity, result
in fees prohibitive to many.
In any case, it would take a considerable period to establish, and be
of no immediate benefit to members in the interim. The following proposal,
making use of present premises, equipment and teachers was, therefore,
laid before the Conference, November 18th-2lst, as an experiment to be
tried out during 1950.
IT WAS PROPOSED:
- That the Association organise Holiday Courses for Catering Students
during 1950. Such courses to be held in four Guest Houses in different
parts of the country, in the early spring, and/or the late autumn ;
to be under the supervision of teachers approved by the Association,
and priority given to those who desire to make vegetarian guest house,
Nature cure establishments or restaurant work a career.
(It was suggested that financial arrangements be the business of the
proprietors and teachers, with a small percentage to the Association,
as reimbursement for advertising)- Three houses for suitable kitchen
premises have already volunteered.
- Co-operation in the scheme be invited from members who are willing
to take single cookery students into their houses; such students to
receive intensive cookery tuition from the proprietor for one month
in the spring, on condition that they remain with the same proprietor
during the season as improvers. The arrangements to be made a proper
Contract, with due regard to the provision laid down by the Wages Councils
and Boards for trainees.
Two members had already tentatively offered to co-operate.
It is recognised that the experiment would fall into two parts.
- The response of individuals ready to take advantage of the scheme.
This is an unknown quantity, to be discovered by good, wide-spread advertising.
- The provision of premises and teachers. It is up to the women of
the Association to make the necessary effort to achieve the success
of this, and the Association by good organisation to prevent that effort
becoming a burden.
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