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Canadian chefs’ workplace learning

Paulette Cormier-MacBurnie (Department of Business and Tourism, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada)
Wendy Doyle (Department of Business and Tourism, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada)
Peter Mombourquette (Department of Business and Tourism, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada)
Jeffrey D. Young (Department of Business and Tourism, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 6 July 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the formal and informal workplace learning of professional chefs. In particular, it considers chefs’ learning strategies and outcomes as well as the barriers to and facilitators of their workplace learning.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology is based on in-depth, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with 12 executive chefs from a variety of restaurant types. Chefs were asked questions that focused on how they learned, the learning outcomes that they experienced and factors that inhibited or facilitated their learning.

Findings

Findings suggest that the strategies, outcomes, barriers and facilitators experienced by professional chefs are similar in many respects to those of other occupational/professional groups. However, there were some important differences that highlight the context of chefs’ workplace learning.

Research limitations/implications

The sample, which is relatively small and local, focuses on one city in Canada, and it is limited in its generalizability. Future research should include a national survey of professional chefs.

Originality/value

Using a qualitative approach, this in-depth study adds to the literature on workplace learning, strategies, outcomes, barriers, facilitators and context factors by addressing a relatively understudied profession.

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Citation

Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Doyle, W., Mombourquette, P. and Young, J.D. (2015), "Canadian chefs’ workplace learning", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 39 No. 6, pp. 522-537. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-01-2015-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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