Chef apprentices take on Borough Market challenge

Apprentices from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant and Lexington Catering will join forces today (14th March) to take on a challenge at London’s Borough Market as part of the National Apprenticeships Week.

The event will see the apprentices put to the test and could help them in their efforts to secure a full-time job in hospitality and catering.

The challengers have had three days to plan, prepare and then sell a hot food product at Borough Market, in a task reminiscent of those seen on the BBC’s The Apprentice.

Teams will have to source their ingredients from the market before undertaking a test from the tasting panel, which all new traders must endure before being allowed to join the market.

Once the tests have been completed, the teams will sell their goods from 11am until 2.45pm on their stalls at the Green Market, with the winner being the team that generates the most profit, which will then be passed on to a charity of their choice.

Commenting on the challenge, Keith Davis, managing director of Borough Market, said: “The market has a longstanding relationship with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and it’s great to have them all back for the day. This will be a great opportunity for the apprentices to combine their cooking skills with a bit of honest trading and will also help to highlight to other young people future job opportunities within the food industry and in markets.”

The activity forms part of the National Apprenticeships Week, which runs from 11th to 15th March and is designed to demonstrate the benefits of taking on apprentices and the catering job opportunities that this can result in.

Tromie Dodd, programme manager at Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme said: “This sort of challenge may seem like a bit of fun but it’s a key part of the Apprenticeship Programme as it gives these young people a greater sense of responsibility over the food they are cooking and also a greater understanding of what it takes to sell food in a competitive environment.”

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