Like a chef: “Cooking makes me feel good”

Meet Vanja, who grew up in an orphanage in Russia. He found his calling during our culinary training program in Moscow and is ready to pursue a career as a professional chef.

Vanja is one of 6,000 Russian teenagers that leave their orphanages every year and can struggle to transition to independent living, with only 10% able to provide for themselves or find a job.

He is also one of the first graduates of our global culinary training program Like a Chef that in Moscow is targeted towards young orphans.

The initiative builds on the program that started in Brazil in 2017 and is a collaboration between the Electrolux Food Foundation, Worldchefs and the local ‘Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ organization.

The eight-week course provides culinary training on sustainable cooking and valuable life skills, such as learning how to work in a team, start a business or pursue an education at a culinary college.

The second wave of graduates this year have been given the opportunity to become gastronomic stars of the future after being offered internships at restaurants owned by acclaimed Russian chef Vladimir Mukhin.

In 2019, the Electrolux Food Foundation is expanding the Like a Chef program with launches in Sweden, Poland, Egypt and Ukraine.