World leading food company Aramark, who specializes in food, facilities and uniforms, is launching a plant-based training program that will teach 1,000 of their chefs how to cook delicious and healthy vegan meals.
Their official announcement was on August 24, where they presented their partnership with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The partnership plans to prepare a series of plant-based culinary classes to train more than 1,000 Aramark chefs in plant-based dining over the next six months.
Their goal is to have Aramark chefs – who serve meals in schools, hospitals and workspaces – create meals, menus and dining concepts based around plant-based foods using ingredients such as veggies, nuts and legumes.
“As part of our broad and ongoing commitment to health, wellness, and sustainability, we continue to work towards offering plant-forward menu options and alternate protein sources to Aramark guests,” said Dan Wainfan, who is Aramark’s leader in health and wellness. “We are proud to work on culinary training and menu innovations which provide important health benefits to consumers, while minimizing our environmental impact.”
Aramark would like to track their progress on new plant-based offerings following specific trainings by engaging with their external advisors and animal welfare/environmental organizations.
Their announcement also reflects on their partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA), which started back in 2015 as a five-year commitment to improve Americans’ health by 20 percent by the year 2020. Their goal can be achieved by presenting foods with reduced calories, saturated fat and sodium levels, whilst increasing the amount of vegetables, whole grains and fruits in Aramark menus.
According to the organization: “The American Heart Association is proud of what we’ve accomplished working with Aramark to help improve the health of Americans. Aramark’s continued increase in plant-based offerings aligns extremely well with AHA recommendations.”
Aramark’s current menu is composed of many innovative vegetarian and vegan options, including Vegan Beef Chilli, Vegan Beefy Mac Casserole, Vegan Chicken and Kale Penne, Vegan Chicken Jambalaya, Vegan Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Vegan Thai Curry among many other healthy dishes.
The vegan diet itself helps with overall health, as it helps prevent cancer, diabetes and reduces risk of heart disease. Interested in going vegan? Take a look at our delicious recipes here to get you started!
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