Culinary academy in Taipei trains next generation of service industry leaders in Taiwan
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Located in Taipei’s Da’an District, Kai Ping strives to train the next generation of professional chefs to enrich Taiwan’s hospitality and service industries. Kai Ping has a history of over 60 years as an educational institute and has specialized in culinary education since 2007, receiving WorldChefs recognition in 2015.
In recent years, Kai Ping has steadily expanded its international network with culinary academies in other countries and further enriched its own curriculum. In order to better simulate the environment and demands of work in the service industry, Kai Ping has adopted a model of education that has created a micro-society within the school, where students learn to assume different roles in their interactions with educators, guests, and one another.
To better prepare students for work in the hospitality industry, the school has adopted a pedagogy termed “Phaslized Thematic Socialization,” or “learning through doing,” via modules crafted to train students in various vocational, social, and cultural skills. Across the street from the school campus, Kai Ping maintains a restaurant that is entirely operated by students, where they can test their skills and gain practical service experience. [FULL STORY]