A Word to members from new Euro-Toques Commissioner-General Wade Murphy

New Commissioner-General Wade Murphy addresses members at the Euro-Toques AGM dinner at Brooklodge
New Commissioner-General Wade Murphy addresses members at the Euro-Toques AGM dinner at Brooklodge – his speech wasn’t really that long by the way, he just wanted to scare them with all the pages!

I am honoured to have been elected Commissioner-General of Euro-Toques Ireland and I hope I will represent you well over the course of the next 2 years.

And the job of Commissioner-General is after all to represent the members – so that is what I intend to do. That is why I want members to let me know what they think we should be doing and what they feel is relevant and important to them. Everyone is busy and these are challenging times, but I will try to keep in touch with members as much as I can and would encourage members to be as active and involved as they can be.

The reputation of Euro-Toques in Ireland is constantly building and has had a huge boost with the success of the Young Chef last year. The fact that we were approached by the organisers of CATEX and asked to bring our activities to the event this year is testament to how highly we are regarded within the industry.

I hope to build upon these successes and to continue to grow the reputation of Euro-Toques in Ireland.

With the support of Failte Ireland, we managed to bring the Euro-Toques Young Chef Competition to new heights in 2012. Now we must ensure that this new level we have brought it to be maintained and exceeded. This competition really has the capacity to demonstrate Ireland’s culinary potential and to nurture it into the future – and I am very excited to be involved with that.

I would hope that during my time as Commissioner-General we can build up the membership of Euro-Toques Ireland. There are still many great chefs out there, working fully in line with the Euro-Toques code, who are not members. I hope that we can work on attracting them to join and show them the benefits and also what they can contribute.

But at the same time we need to maintain our standards – and that goes for existing members as well as new. Our credibility is our reputation. If a member chef does not work within the Euro-Toques philosophy, it reflects on all of us and this is something we should not tolerate.

And in order to stay true to our code and out philosophy, I believe we must remain close to our beginnings and go back to the basics of what we are about in many ways.

For that reason, I would like to encourage a strengthening of links with food producers, with more visits by Euro-Toques chefs to producers and more presence from producers at some of our events. At the same time I would love to see more local & regional activity in Euro-Toques, with chefs getting together, however small the group, to share knowledge & experiences – or even just to enjoy good food & drink! This is something we need the help and support of our members on.

I think these kinds of activities can keep us strong as an organisation and truly make us the ‘community of chefs’ that Euro-Toques was set out to be.

That said, we have made great progress at a national level in recent times and our activities in the area of education & training for chefs is something I value hugely. Our Chef Development Programme with La Rousse Foods has gone from strength to strength and is gaining recognition throughout the industry and the education sector. The support of La Rousse Foods has allowed us to make great in-roads into the area of education and we are very grateful to them for that.

Our Memorandum of Understanding with the Institutes of Technology, which puts us on the path to influencing the future training of chefs in this country, is the first of its kind between the educational institutes and an industry group in Ireland. We have developed an extremely positive relationship with our education colleagues and are highly regarded by them.

I believe that Euro-Toques should work constructively as an organisation. We may have criticisms, but we must always offer solutions. We must be positive and work with everyone to the benefit of our industry. This is something we have been doing very well and I hope to continue working in this vein.

Incoming Commissioner-General Wade Murphy with out-going Gearoid Lynch - Gearoid was thanked at the AGM for his huge contribution and dedication to Euro-Toques during his 2 year term
Incoming Commissioner-General Wade Murphy with out-going Gearoid Lynch – Gearoid was thanked at the AGM for his huge contribution and dedication to Euro-Toques during his 2 year term

Much of what has been achieved over the past two years has been down the huge commitment of Gearoid Lynch as Commissioner-General. He has given an immense amount of time, hard work and dedication to Euro-Toques during his term and has left me with big shoes to fill and very high standards to maintain.

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, Food Council and all of the members I would like to say a truly heartfelt thanks to Gearoid for all of this work on our behalf.

And wish him the best in his retirement!

Finally I would like to thank all the member and our partners and associates for continuing to support this organisation. Nothing could be achieved without this.

Euro-toques introduces NEW Brigade Membership

13th Mar 2012
Introducing BRIGADE MEMBERSHIP……€20 per chef per annum

This is all about bringing the message of Euro-toques – its mission, objectives and philosophy – to the next generation of chefs in our kitchens and also giving them access to our events and activities, particularly the growing number of education and skills activities we run. The decision was made to introduce a new level of membership to Euro-toques – Brigade Membership. What this means is that any chef, of any grade or level, who is working in the kitchen of a Euro-toques Head chef can be joined up to Euro-toques (by their head chef) for an annual fee of €20 + VAT. Therefore, for the same price as one chef under the previous Additional membership level, you can now join up 5 chefs from your brigade. You may choose to join up your entire brigade or use Euro-toques membership as a reward for chefs who are working particularly hard or who show a particular interest. The number of chefs and which chefs you join up is entirely up to you.

Of course the significance of this membership goes far beyond the benefit to your kitchen and your brigade. It means that rather than accessing 180 chefs, Euro-toques can potentially have direct access to anywhere between 1000 – 2000 chefs, significantly increasing its clout as an organisation.

Every Euro-toques member who attended the AGM agreed that they would take up this membership for some or all of their brigade.

ALL EURO-TOQUES HEAD CHEFS HAVE TO DO TO SET-UP BRIGADE MEMBERSHIP IS:

Simply provide the name and email addresses of each chef you want to join up. We will send you an invoice for the number of Brigade members you have added. You can update at any time if a chef leaves and replace them on the list with another chef. At membership renewal you will be invoiced for whatever number of Brigade members you currently have on the list, but you will have a chance check your list and review the number of Brigade members you have and update details.

From there on in, your Brigade members will get direct emails from Euro-toques with news, policy, and event & activity details. They will be able to participate directly in Euro-toques and become active members.

Brigade Membership only applies to chefs working within the kitchen of a fully paid up Euro-toques Head Chef member. Chefs will be removed from the mailing list upon leaving their employ