Twelve women from the Paris suburb of Sarcelles have been awarded cooking qualifications in a scheme sponsored by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse.

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Top chef trains up women from disadvantaged suburb

Top chef trains up women from disadvantaged suburb
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Twelve women from the Paris suburb of Sarcelles have been awarded cooking qualifications in a scheme sponsored by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse.


Nine of the women have already been employed, most of them in restaurants within the Ducasse group, which includes the Jules Verne in Paris and Benoit in New York.

One of the women has been taken on at the official residence of the French prime minister, François Fillon.

Fifteen women were originally selected to join the one-year CAP cooking diploma from a group of 84. 

The women, all aged between 25 and 45 and mostly mothers, began their training in the suburb of Villiers-le-Bel in September 2010. 

The project, known as “Quinze femmes en avenir” (fifteen women of the future), was sponsored by the three-star Michelin chef and aimed to help women from one of the country’s most disadvantaged areas.

Education website vousnousils.fr quoted one of the successful students, Lynda Kabchou, as saying “the pace during the training was intense, but it was definitely worthwhile. 

A TV programme to be shown on January 1st on TV channel M6 will tell the story of the women and how they coped with their year of training.

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