CESA chair John Whitehouse wants to encourage other senior managers to undertake the CFSP (Certified Food Service Professional) training course, after recently completing it himself.
More than 500 UK foodservice professionals have taken the course so far which aims to support, develop and increase levels of knowledge within the industry by giving foodservice professionals a complete understanding of how catering businesses and commercial kitchens work.
Even though the popularity of the course appears to be growing with middle management, CESA found that some senior managers in the foodservice industry seem “reluctant” to put themselves on the course.
Whitehouse said: “A key issue is time – most of us are time-poor and doing the CFSP course eats into it. It was certainly a reason I held back. There’s also maybe the thought that we know it all already (trust me, we don’t), and perhaps a little bit of embarrassment that we haven’t done it before – and the fear that we may not pass.
“Having completed it I can honestly say that the course is a real eye-opener – it’s given me insights into the workings of the industry that will be hugely valuable in both my work and my role in CESA. I only wish I’d taken the plunge sooner.”
As well as being chair of CESA, Whitehouse is managing director of First Choice Group and is encouraging his colleagues here to do the same.
Whitehouse added: “My message to senior managers is: sort out whatever is holding you back, and do your CFSP. I have four of my senior leadership team signed up for courses in June and December, with more to follow.
CFSP is run by CESA and is accredited by the University of West London and the next CFSP seminar and exam will be held on June 20 and 21 at SMEG UK in Abingdon.
CESA is the authoritative voice of the catering equipment industry, representing over 190 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes.