The Maybach Foundation launch a new fellowship programme for talented young chefs, growers and food movement leaders from around the world.

When news of the new Maybach Foundation fellowships landed on our desks last week, we were tempted to keep the information to ourselves, as rarely does such a fabulous opportunity to spawn future food movement leaders appear. But since we’re too old, and we promised them we would, we are begrudgingly sharing the information and encouraging those who are considering a future career in the sustainable food movement to apply now, before it’s too late!

This unique fellowship opportunity invites future chefs, growers and activists to spend 6 months with top-industry chefs and mentorship teams, that will support and guide individuals in pursuit of their dreams. Mentorships can follow one of three approaches: (1) sustainable food community leadership, (2) sustainable food growth, from sea or land to table and (3) traditional culinary arts, and projects are tailored around specific areas of interest for the individuals.

The project is expected to last six months and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Travel costs, housing and a small stipend will be provided, for a total value of $25,000 USD per protégé. Project elements can include kitchen experiences/rotations; fishing/ farming/ nutrition training; community leadership; personal and business development and a community service engagement.

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old, have demonstrated unusual talent and have basic culinary skills and training if applying for a traditional culinary arts project. They must also demonstrate they have faced adversity in pursuit of their culinary dreams and present a vision of what they propose to do at the conclusion of the mentorship that will have a positive impact on their community. The applicants may be nominated by third parties or self nominated.

The application deadline is May 30th, 2013. More information, including how to apply, can be found at www.maybach.org

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