Partnering with the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and the Grand Erie District School Board, Edge Factor featured award-winning, celebrity Chef David Wolfman at Our Kitchen Brantford to film 17 videos to help culinary students explore and prepare for a career in culinary arts.
A classically trained Chef, David Wolfman has been a Culinary Arts Professor at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto for over 20 years. He is also the Executive Producer and Host of the popular Cooking with the Wolfman™ television program. This show features David’s signature “Indigenous Fusion: Traditional Foods with a Modern Twist” and airs on First Nations Experience (FNX) and NativeFlix in the US. The show aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Canada for 18 years.
Chef David Wolfman, is a member of the Xaxli’p First Nation and is an internationally recognized expert in wild game and traditional indigenous cuisine. He and his wife, Marlene Finn, Métis, an education consultant specializing in indigenous program development and evaluation have authored a cookbook. Covering everything from the origin of bannock to the finer points of filleting a fish, Cooking with the Wolfman is suited for readers of all skill levels, with step-by-step instructions and charts that cover the fundamentals of cooking. It includes over 100 recipes, and color photographs to inspire readers of diverse backgrounds to bring more indigenous foods into their kitchens.
“We’re proud to partner with Edge Factor. They have an expert team of storytellers and educational content developers that showcase companies and opportunities to students and job seekers.” David Eelkema, OYAP Recruiter, Grand Erie District School Board
Our Kitchen Brantford (OKB) hosts the most unique and memorable food creators. It is a membership-based commercial kitchen facility that supports all chefs from new food start-ups to Red Seal chefs. Our Kitchen Brantford has a fully stocked kitchen with commercial cooking, dishwashing, and prep equipment. OKB offers members space in their storefront that includes a demonstration kitchen and space for members to serve lunches.
Edge Factor creates high-impact media and e-learning tools to inspire learners of all ages to explore, prepare and connect on their career journey. Through our partnership with Chef David Wolfman, we had the opportunity to film career exploration media at Our Kitchen Brantford to highlight the skills, processes, STEAM and Soft Skills that are used by Chefs on-the-job!
Real Life Stories
Using the power of cinematic storytelling, Edge Factor takes learners on a career journey from "I have no idea what I want to do with my life!" all the way to, “I have browsed the opportunities, made informed decisions, and launched a local training and career pathway.”
Edge Factor is a family-friendly career exploration platform, where students, parents, and job-seekers become inspired to launch their own training and career pathways. It features real life stories of people pushing back the edge of what’s possible and using their minds, hands, and technology to build the future and impact lives. In partnership with Chef David Wolfman, the Edge Factor film crew went behind closed doors at Our Kitchen Brantford with Chef Wolfman to film STEAM on the Job, 6 Geek Out, 5 Safety Awareness, and 3 Soft Skills on the job videos.
High school students and job seekers interested in a career in culinary arts discover the tools, processes, and soft skills they’ll need to develop as Chef David Wolfman provides a Geek Out presentation on food preparation techniques, culinary knives, and Mise-en-place.
Students learn about the typical responsibilities, tools, and equipment used, how Math comes alive in culinary arts, and how Soft Skills such as communication, time management, creative problem solving, and the ability to handle criticism and stress or work under pressure, are important in this career.
In the Safety Awareness episodes, Chef David Wolfman highlights health and safety protocols, equipment, and training to help everyone stay safe in the kitchen. He shares safety protocols relating to the use of cutting boards, proper food handling such as marinating, temperatures, and food storage.
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Edge Factor unites workforce development efforts in communities through our platform. We have created thousands of videos, interactive activities, and lesson plans that focus on career exploration and highlight local opportunities. K-12 and Postsecondary schools, companies, and organizations partner with Edge Factor to help tackle workforce development regionally and nationally.
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