8-hour culinary marathon to prepare 1,500 meals at IFAPME in Libramont

Eight hours of marathon to make a meal consisting of vegetable soup, shepherd’s pie with mashed potatoes, a cake and a baguette.

This operation mobilized trainees in the restaurant option, restaurant business managers, butchers and bakeries. “We produced more than 500 meals than last yearwelcomes Bénédicte Van Wymersch, main trainer in the food sector at IFAPME. This year also marked a new development with the inclusion of people with specific needs. Students from the institution La Lumière de Liège, with mild visual impairment, participated in the project. We also had students from the La Providence school, in Etalle, young people who mainly have problems concentrating.

And we can say that this inclusion is a success. “We had some apprehensions at the beginning, particularly in relation to respecting the timingcontinues the coach. But we were pleasantly surprised, these students had the same working conditions as the others and did an excellent job. They gave as much, if not more, than the other students.”

1,500 meals offered to those most in need

This culinary marathon was launched a few years ago, during the Covid period, to keep students motivated during the health crisis.

An event that continued and is now well anchored in the annual activities of the training center. “Students look forward to this meeting every year, continues the coach. This teaches them to work as a team, stick to a tight schedule and work for a good cause. It is recalled that the 1,500 meals were delivered to the non-profit association Saint-Vincent de Paul, which redistributed them to its beneficiaries throughout the province.

Seeing the smiles and good humor that reigned on the IFAPME website this Tuesday, it is certain that this project brings a lot to the many students. It should be noted that IFAPME Libramont will relaunch a fifth edition of its culinary marathon in January next year.

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