In early 2015 Marriott International partnered with the Rouxbe Online Culinary School to launch an online culinary training program across its global properties. This partnership gave Marriott International culinary associates access to an industry-recognized online professional certification program.
That was four years ago. Today, over 15,000 Marriott International cooks are taking or have completed the program designed to elevate their culinary skills.
“Culinary training is a combination of hands-on experience and engaging content,” says Brad Nelson, Corporate Executive Chef, Marriott International. “Through Rouxbe, we are able to capitalize on a globally relevant platform to deliver technical training to our culinarians and to promote their career growth.”
The professional program covers both traditional culinary education and next-generation health and wellness training through the use of high-definition videos, interactive assignments, world-class chef educators, peer support and practical in-house assignments graded by senior Marriott chefs. Culinary associates who complete the full requirements of the program can earn a Marriott endorsed training certification through Rouxbe while maintaining their roles in Marriott’s kitchens.
Marriott International’s focus on providing its culinary associates with training is paramount to the company’s culture and core values to “Put People First.” The program pairs Rouxbe’s delivery and cost-effective online instruction with the real-world experience of working at Marriott. The self-paced online platform and culinary training curriculum focuses on teaching professional cooks of all abilities foundational techniques and key cooking methods.
“In a continually evolving business environment where food trends and consumer preferences change, lifelong learning is a necessary ingredient for success,” says Mark Boccia, Former Senior Director, Global Learning, Marriott International. “Learners with all levels of culinary experience will have access to hundreds of well-designed and visually appealing lessons they can immediately apply to their jobs.”
“As a professional cook for many years, I only wish I had the resources of a professional cooking school in my back pocket while I worked in the kitchen. Marriott is clearly leading the industry with this major initiative to provide their culinary teams with cutting-edge training opportunities to develop their craft,” says Joe Girard, CEO of Rouxbe.
About Rouxbe: Founded in 2005, Rouxbe provides a scalable, cost-effective professional online culinary program to train and upskill cooks – available in English or a multilingual version that also supports real-time toggling between Spanish, French, Mandarin and Arabic. The program provides teams with access to over 110 hours of foundational training (ACF and WACS recognized) and can be customized to meet specific business needs.
Having trained over 550,000 cooks and chefs in the past 14 years, Rouxbe offers an effective path to learn foundational culinary arts, without missing a day of work!