About this project

Summary of the project in a collabortive mindmap


31 December 2010


In this mindmap, the project teachers have collaboratively summed up their experiences with this project, given their personal impression as well as what their students had told them during the project. We think the mindmap presents a good picture of why the project was very beneficial.




Remember, you can also have a look at our project diary, the Twinblog, which can be found here.




A note on the public Twinspace


August  2010


Visitors of this Twinspace who are not members of our project only have limited access to its content.


Please note that e. g. the German results and contributions to all project tasks are not being displayed to the public out of consideration for students' privacy and due to copyright issues.


The results of other nations might be hidden as well.


Thanks for your understanding, and now enjoy!




Welcome to 'How to become a Chef in Europe' - eTwinning rocks!


November  2009


Hello all!


I have been teaching English in chef classes for more than seven years now and I thought: "There must be more to it than learning kitchen vocab, translating menus and talking about recipes!" This led to the idea to found an eTwinning project in which chef trainees from all-over Europe come together to get to know each other, the other countries' systems of professional education and anything that might be interesting to them from a professional (or personal ;-)) point of view.


Luckily, I have found many colleagues who are interested, too, Dominka, the co-founder, and all the other members. Thanks to all of you for your dedication!


For details on the participating schools have a look at 'All the schools in the project'.


eTwinning rocks!! So join in and have fun. In this TwinSpace the old saying 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' will be overruled by the principle 'The more, the merrier!' ;-).







'What's cooking?' - The work process


The tasks that the pupils (and teachers) have to fulfil during the course of the project are to be found on the 'What's cooking' page. Dominika publishes them step by step, i. e. whenever we feel that one task has been fulfiled by most of the classes, the next one will 'pop up'.


We know that some schools, due to other project commitments, holidays or else, are sometimes lagging behind a bit. But no worries! We'll let you catch up with the rest!


Our project on the DIDACTA educational fair in Cologne


eTwinning Germany kindly asked us to present our project on the DIDACTA fair in Cologne. It's the largest educational fair in Europe. Dominika and one of her students (Dominika, too) were invited as well! We were proud to be there and happy to be able to meet Bohdana from the Czech Republic and Isabelle from France with some of their students live in a Flashmeeting (a web conference).


Here's a photo of the gang in front of Cologne Trade Fair Centre.




 From left to right: Dominika and Dominika (student and teacher ;-)), Joscha and Isabell (class KU8), Laura (KO5), Steffi (teacher), Matthias (KO5).


Classtrip and visit of partner school in Prague


Some of the German project students had the opportunity to meet students of one of our Czech partner schools in February. On a classtrip they were invited to Barbora's school and received a very warm welcome. Barbora's students had prepared an interesting programme, including an interview session at school. Later on, they gave our students a tour of the beautiful city of Prague.


Unfortunately, Barbora could not stay on the project due to the workload. But, nevertheless, we would like to thank her for providing the German students with this great opportunity! I hope to be able to work together with her on future eTwinning projects.









 What's it all about? - Aims, contents, expected results and more...


Here you'll find the 'official' project description taken from the eTwinning portal:




Chef classes from all over Europe are going to cooperate in this project to illustrate how the professional training in the this sector of the service industry is organised in their countries. A small number of chosen students are planned to be sent on work experience to project partners’ countries if possible.


* Subjects: Foreign Languages
* Languages: English
* Pupil’s age: 16 – 20+


* Tools to be used:
Audio conference, Chat, e-mail, Forum, MP3, Other software (Powerpoint, video, pictures and drawings), Video conference, Virtual learning environment (communities, virtual classes, …), Web publishing


* Aims:

The aims of this project include:


  • exchange of experience of Chef trainees all over Europe, who will present themselves and talk about the reasons why they have chosen this occupation
  • description of the workplace/the professional training at school/college and thus a comparison of the system of professional education in the involved European countries
  • comparison of the trainee’s expectations before they started the training with what the job is actually like in ‘real life’
  • discussions on what the trainees expect from their professional future
  • typical highs and lows of the job
  • exchange of job-related interests, such as favourite fields of activity in the kitchen, favourite recipes etc.
  • providing a platform to arrange work placements for Chef trainees (or newly graduated Chefs) all over Europe.



* Work process:

We are going to use the above mentioned tools to achieve the aims mentioned above. The classes involved in the project at the time of its foundation are only at school once a week, so that direct one-to-one contact will be difficult. But we expect other schools to join which will enable us to work more flexibly in the future.


* Expected results:


  • movie files
  • audio files
  • presentations
  • personal statements/text production
  • see also ‘Aims’
  • exchange of students/work placement stays