Chef Network, in partnership with BWG Foodservice, is hosting a series of mental health focused webinars for the month of January entitled Mind Your Mind. The series includes four virtual events with various chefs and experts focused on topics such as minding your mental health, food and mental health and stepping back from the heat.

The webinars, free-of-charge and open to all, feature a line-up of online conversations, interviews, panel discussions and talks throughout the month focused on different aspects of mental health in the kitchen and will be supplemented by blogs and other content focused on minding your mind.

Having previously worked with experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence, BWG Foodservice sought insight from him on this subject and Professor Spence will be providing a blog on the relationship between the foods we consume and our mental health.

Commenting, Professor Spence said: “We eat not just to fulfil our nutritional needs, but also (mostly) to meet our social and emotional needs. This fact is especially relevant in the current era of pandemia, when so many of us are being forced to live and eat alone.”

The line-up of contributors to the webinar series also includes JP McMahon and Patrick Powell, who speak openly about their personal experience with mental health, how they have gotten through challenges, tools they have developed to cope, and what they incorporate in to their regular routine in terms of keeping well.

Other guest speakers for the month include Ross Lewis of Chapter One talking about minding yourself and your team in the kitchen. Chef and Yoga Instructor Aideen Burke offers a complimentary online mindful yoga session and Chef Niall Hill and Nutritionist Paula Mee discuss how what we eat affects how we feel.

As part of the January #CNMindYourMind in partnership with BWG Foodservice, the industry is also being encouraged to access a free resource to help strengthen the different areas of the mind that contribute to mental wellbeing.

Register for all events here: https://www.chefnetwork.ie/events/calendar.

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