By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The third annual Philly Chef Conference takes place at Drexel University. What topics will be explored? How has the conference evolved over the past few years?

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Michael Traud, program director for Drexel’s center of hospitality and sport management says when organizing the Philly Chef conference they look to address food topics that impact today’s aspiring chefs.

“Being green and sustainable and trying to eliminate your food waste, which was a major issue this past year in the world’s fair expo in Milan.”

This year, they’ve brought in speakers from New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

“We’re also highlighting industry-specific hospitality issues such as no-tipping, workforce conditions and the way the restaurant industry is shaping up.”

Traud says as the conference has attracted attention, it has become much easier to get volunteer participants.

“Now, chefs are reaching out throughout the year to really get involved and they see the benefit to our students but also to the Philadelphia food scene.”

Kuznits: “I bet they could get some really great talent, especially if they’re looking for people that they want to work at their restaurants.”

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“Exactly, so it’s a great program for our students to actually get out there and get jobs. So it’s a great feeder program as well.”

The conference takes place at Drexel University Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7.

 

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