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Advancing Culinary Workshops
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Cyprus Food and Nutrition Museum is currently the only active organisation in Cyprus that is devoted to the recording, studying and preservation of the local gastronomic culture and it plays an important role in promoting the knowledge and values related to the gastronomic history and traditions of Cyprus. The project titled "Advancing culinary workshops" was designed by the Museum aiming to provide to its adult educators the chance to get trained in different cooking workshops around Europe, to gain and bring back to the organisation the new knowledge and expertise needed to organise successful cooking workshops in Cyprus. The concept of culinary workshops was selected as they are considered the best way for people not only to gain useful knowledge and skills about the local cuisine, but also to get interactively involved, stimulate their senses, get familiar with the local ingredients, tastes and smells, and also to appreciate the value of a healthy homemade meal. Cooking workshops also respond to one of the Museum's basic aims, to promote knowledge on local gastronomy using applied research and encouraging an interactive relationship between the general public and the organisation. Additionally, since the inclusion of Cyprus in the UNESCO list with the representative cuisines of Mediterranean Diet the Museum has been committed to organise and coordinate actions that would justify and maintain this important position. On these terms, the Museum is also involved in the Cyprus Tourism Organisation's plan for the development of gastronomic tourism, and the organising of professional cooking workshops would respond to this effort. The main objectives of the project are for the participants to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills on managing successful culinary workshops. Also, to contemplate on their educational knowledge and skills and to further develop especially towards adult learning. Other objectives are for the participants to make new acquaintances in the European Community and get familiar with other European cultures and to develop their skills in other European languages. The main objectives of the project regarding the organisation are to meet its aims by providing to the public high quality activities that will help them sense the Cypriot gastronomic culture and help the Museum's recognition in the local and European cultural scene. An additional objective is to establish new partnerships that will help the organisation to develop life long collaborations with organisations around Europe and to raise opportunities for further collaborations in the future. Eligible to participate in the project will be all the individuals that work for the Museum and they are involved in the adult education activities. These would be the members of the staff, the members of the Board, the Museum members, the volunteers, interns and apprentices involved in the adult education activities of the Museum and actively supporting the vision of the organisation and share the love and passion for the local traditional cuisine. These individuals come from different age groups, educational backgrounds and professional fields. The fact that potential participants come from different backgrounds and not only from the culinary sciences is not regarded as a disadvantage, but on the contrary as an advantage, since the Museums wants to attribute these different perspectives to the workshops that will be developed in the future. After completing the selection process, ten participants will be chosen to participate in ten different workshops around Europe. All ten partners have a long experience in organising culinary workshops and they are highly established in areas with a strong sense of the local cuisine. Each of these workshops is approached through a totally different perspective depending on the profile, the audience, the location, the local traditions, the duration, the combination of activities, the time of year and the social contribution. In each mobility the participants will be expected to job shadow the educational, managing and administrative staff of the hosting organisation, to take notes and record the different aspects of the workshops, learn new behaviours and competencies. The project will be managed by the key staff of the Museum that will be responsible for communicating with the participants and the partners, for logistics and practical arrangements, and for the monitoring, dissemination and evaluation of the project. , All the parties involved in the project are expected to have positive and long lasting effects out of these trainings. The sending organisation will be benefited from the up-skilling and motivation of its educating staff. The hosting organisation respectively will be benefited from the presence and exchange of ideas. Both organisations will be enhanced by a new partnership that is could lead to a long term relationship, exchange of good practices and future collaborations.
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