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China cultivates international talents in catering industry to promote Chinese cuisine

By Zhang Huan (People's Daily Online)    15:26, October 17, 2017

China is actively cultivating talents in the catering industry through international cooperation for China’s catering enterprises to go global, according to Jiang Junxian, president of the China Cuisine Association, China News reported on Oct. 14.

With 200,000 Chinese restaurants in more than 180 countries and regions, international talents in the catering industry are badly needed, Jiang said in a statement at an international forum on vocational education in China’s hotels and catering industry held in Chongqing on Oct. 14.

China’s catering industry revenue exceeded 2.5 trillion RMB ($380 billion) in the first eight months of 2017 and is expected to reach 3.9 to 4 trillion RMB this year, Jiang said.

A large number of catering businesses wanting to expand overseas are in sore need of international talents, said Jiang, adding that open education should be adopted to cultivate talents for the enterprises.

At present, a multitude of vocational schools in China have established collaborative relationships with their foreign peers to cultivate the talents.

Thomas Guglar, president of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies, noted at the forum that China has the world’s largest catering market with various cooking methods, saying he also hopes Chinese cuisine could go global.

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