Virtual dissemination event for the Erasmus+ KA3 project CORE – Cooking for the future

CORE – Final webinar 12.5.2021

See our promo video for the event.

See our CORE webinar programme 12.5.2021, CLICK HERE

Did you miss a CORE- COOKING FOR THE FUTURE  webinar?  Full recording and presentation slides now available here:

The future of gastronomy by V.A Heikkinen 2021; by V.A Heikkinen, 2021

Service robots and the changing roles of employees in restaurants by Aarni Tuomi 2021; by Aarni Tuomi 2021

Keynote speakers and panelists

For the past two and a half years, the Erasmus+ KA3 project “Cooking for the future" (CORE), has been working on creating open-source material for future cooks’ qualifications.

Come and join us as we present our outcomes and materials. The event will be held in English and will take place online through Zoom/Teams on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 12-15 CET.

In this event you’ll meet the international  top chefs, restaurant professionals and culinary experts.

First, we hear greetings from project adviser Ms Hélène Barry from the financing body Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency EACEA.

Our Keynote speakers are Dr. Vesa Heikkinen, Future Researcher in the fields of tourism hospitality, food industry and services and Dr. Aarni Tuomi, AI and Service Robotics Researcher. They will talk about the future of Gastronomy and Hospitality.

The expert panel of professionals includes Michelin star chef Sasu Laukkonen from restaurant Ora, who has also been awarded with a Michelin Green Star for Gastronomy and Sustainability since 2020, Culinary Arts Teacher Josu Biritxinaga from the Leioa Culinary School in Basque Country, Head Chef Pauli Hakala from restaurant Spis. Mr Hakala’s has gathered experience from golf course to Michelin star restaurants from Finland to Denmark via Japan. Chef Antti Tynkkynen from Compass Group (former Fazer Food Services) has graduated from Omnia 7 years ago. Nowadays he is part of Compass Group Culinary Team Finland.

The panelists will discuss about the future of gastronomy and the changing image of a professional cook.

We will also hear what the future of ThingLink in education means from Ms Ulla-Maaria Koivula who is the Founder & CEO of ThingLink education technology company for building visual learning environments in the cloud. Dr. Koivula is also a winner of UNESCO’s ICT in Education Prize.

The webinar also includes presentations about the results and outcomes of the project, Quality and Evaluation aspects in transnational cooperation and how students can be engaged in transnational development work.

Barry Hélène
Project Adviser
Ms Barry has been working in the Executive Agency since 2006. She has more than 25 years of experience working with EU programmes in the area of education, research and vocational training. She has coordinated calls for proposals and advised projects for youth, adult education and vocational excellence. Hélène is dedicated to helping projects achieving their goals and improve education for all European citizens.
Heikkinen, Vesa Antero (V.A)
Principle lecturer at Haaga-Helia Applied Science
Dr. Heikkinen is a Future Researcher in the fields of tourism hospitality, food industry and services. He is a Senior advisor on European tourism, hospitality, experience and food industry, service innovations, principle lecturer at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, and Expert columnist of Aromi journal. He holds a doctoral degree in Pedagogy.
Aarni Tuomi
Lecturer at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Tuomi is AI & Service Robotics Researcher & Lecturer. Mentor and tech-startup adviser. Service & Experience Design enthusiast and a certified Lego Serious Play Facilitator. Experienced Manager in the International Hospitality industry.
Ulla-Maaria Koivula
Founder & CEO at ThingLink interactive media platform
Ms Koivula is the founder and CEO of ThingLink, and a pioneer developer of interactive media technology and user-generated mixed reality in education. Inspired by connecting physical environments and objects with digital information about them, Ulla started her company as a spin-off from a PhD program at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Recent awards and mentions: UNESCO ICT for Education Prize (2019), EdTechX Rise Award (2017), HundrED Global Innovations in Education (2017), Tutorful Hottest Ed Tech tools (2017, 2018)
Sasu Laukkonen
Head chef/ Partner at Restaurant ORA
Mr Laukkonen is a father, forager, part time farmer, Chef mostly. Huvilakatu in Helsinki has been the main place to find him since 2010. First with Restaurant Chef & Sommelier, organic based. Now with ORA Restaurant, only local product based, sustainable. One Michelin star since 2014. Michelin Green Star for Gastronomy and Sustainability since 2020.
Pauli Hakala
Head Chef at Restaurant Spis
Mr. Hakala is a 45 yrs old chef. Been in industry since 1997. Experience from golf course to michelin starred restaurants. From Finland to Denmark via Japan. Cooking is passion and lifelong possibility to learn something almost every day. Ingrediets wich are organic wild or from small producers are closest to heart.
Antti Tynkkynen
Chef at Compass Group (former Fazer Food Services)
Mr Tynkkynen is working for Compass Group's staff restaurant at Kone head office in Keilaniemi. He is responsible for banquet food events. In addition, he is also a member of the successful Compass Group Culinary Team Finland. The team won Olympic gold in 2016, World Championship silver 2018 and Olympic silver in 2020. Mr. Tynkkynen has graduated from Omnia in 2015. He has worked with various Compass Group (former Fazer Food Services) restaurants.
Culinary arts teacher at Leioa Hospitality and Catering college
Mr Biritxinaga has been working as a culinary arts teacher since 1997, on the mean time he has also run his own restaurant and did some stages in different restaurants and cake shops. Currently he works in Leioa Hospitality and Catering college since 1999. He gives both theoretical and practical lessons to intermediate and higher technician students (levels 3 and 5) at the kitchen workshop in English, Spanish and Basque language.