The Jiloca kitchen employment workshop recovers recipes from the region and opens up employment opportunities

The La Cocina del Jiloca job shop, which closed this week in Calamocha, has recovered old cookbooks from the region adapted to new times and opened up a whole range of opportunities to the ten students who participated in it. The director general of Inaem, Elena Guinda, underlined the “innovative” nature of this workshop, as well as the job opportunities it opened up to participants.

Guinda attended the closing of this year-long job workshop, although student training will continue until the end of this month. This is an initiative promoted by Inaem and the region of Jiloca, which is the institution that proposed it and which also collaborated in its financing.

The head of Inaem was accompanied during the closing ceremony by the vice-president of the Jiloca region and Minister of Social Affairs, Aurora Vicente, as well as by the provincial director, Patricia Utrillas, and other officials of the institute, who were in charge of delivering the diplomas to the ten participating students and were able to discover what they learned with a tasting menu and the book La cocina del Jiloca, a very neat publication consisting of a recipe book on which they worked throughout the training year.

The director of the employment workshop, Pilar Marzo, explained that the cookbook was one of the activities developed during the course for the training of the students, six women and four men, who recovered traditional recipes from the region and made a modern presentation. In total, the publication includes 23 recipes with 80 elaborations that also take into account local products and which will now be distributed among hotels and restaurants in the region.

March said he was satisfied with the operation of the workshop and assured that the students leave “rather prepared”, in addition to having been able to do practical work during these twelve months. Among them, he indicated that a balanced menu had been prepared for
elderly users of the home help service, in addition to collaborating with the ADRI to make menus with local products, or cooking workshops organized in the neighborhoods of the region. At the same time, they made gastronomic samples and also developed business projects in the rural world related to cooking. Along with the director, the workshop was led by chef Javier Sánchez Fidalgo and nutritionist Sara Martín.

The director general of Inaem, Elena Guinda, considered that the project had been “attached to the needs of the territory” due to the demand that exists in this professional field and made a “good evaluation” of the approach and the results obtained. Guinda pointed out that the workshop had a budget of 250,000 euros and advanced that in the near future another appeal will be launched for this year endowed with 15 to 16 million for all of Aragon.

The vice-president of the Region, Aurora Vicente, considered that the people who want to stay in the territory have chosen it and that the region’s own resources have been used. He advocated continuing to request job workshops, the theme of which will also be adapted to the demand.

Satisfaction and desire to work

If one thing was clear at the end of the Jiloca Kitchen workshop, it is that all the students consider that the experience has been very satisfying and that they want to be able to work to apply what they have learned. A common feeling they expressed at the end is that they wished they couldn’t “rehearse” and do it again because of the good weather they had experienced.

Student Lola Blasco, from Calamocha, appreciated the good training they had received and having managed to “create a big family”. He acknowledged that they left with job expectations, as developing their own projects was more complicated. Salvador Lafuente, of Cutanda, indicated that “they have grown professionally” and that the expectations they now have “are good”.

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