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Global Chef visits UNB to celebrate the universal language of food

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Oct 29, 2019

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

A renowned chef from Chile is visiting the University of New Brunswick and St. Francis Xavier University to share culinary knowledge and celebrate the universal language of food as part of Sodexo’s Global Chef program.

Working closely with local on-site chefs and catering teams at the universities, Chef Ricardo Belmar Gonzalez is touring Atlantic Canada to share authentic Chilean cuisine and cooking techniques gleaned from years of experience and training in his homeland. University students and staff will be able to sample Chef Ricardo’s creations.

Sodexo, a global food services and facilities management provider, operates in 80 countries. Its Global Chef program celebrates chefs from a large pool of diverse talent by giving them the opportunity to represent and share their country’s cuisine.

This year, Sodexo Global Chef visits to Canada include UNB on Nov. 4 and 5 and St. Francis Xavier University on Nov. 7 and 8. A Global Chef visit also took place at Queen’s University and Holland Bloorview in October, featuring a chef from France.

“The Global Chef program has a valuable impact on our local teams,” says Bill Keith, Sodexo Senior Vice President, Universities. “They expand their love of food and get excited about world cuisine. They develop new techniques and learn about a different culture. The experience enriches our chefs and helps them deliver more unique offering to our clients.”

In preparation for the Global Chef’s visit, local chefs go through intensive training at a culinary site in the U.S. to learn recipes and food prep.

Some of the dishes being prepared include beef stew, carbonara, salmon cancato, stewed chicken with cognac, corn pie with tofu, and potatoes mashed with pumpkin and swiss chard.

Sodexo in Canada

Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada is dedicated to providing Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare and energy and resources segments. These Quality of Life Services create healthy, safe, and efficient environments allowing individuals and organizations to grow and succeed. Delivering food and facilities management services for over 185 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served and has been recognized as a top employer for the past six consecutive years. Sodexo is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has raised over $3 million to fight hunger and donated more than one million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007. Sodexo has 13,000 employees in Canada, providing more than 100 services to over 185 clients across the country.