Michelin-starred chef launches apprenticeship scheme

Michelin-starred chef Simon Radley has launched a new scheme to find future stars of the culinary world.

The Simon Radley Kitchen Academy will see the chef offer apprenticeships to ten 16 to 24 year-olds each year. The scheme will allow young people to gain experience before seeking out a hospitality or catering job.

Radley will personally pick the apprentices to work in his kitchen, which supplies food to the Michelin-starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor restaurant, as well as the Parisian bistro La Brasserie and meetings and events facilities.

The chef commented: “Winning a place in the Simon Radley Kitchen Academy is a chance to learn, earn and become one of the gifted chefs of the future. I’m looking for hardworking, self-disciplined and motivated wannabe chefs who are prepared to show me their talent and go the extra mile.

“Those lucky enough to be chosen will be matched with a mentor from my experienced kitchen team learning every aspect of my kitchen. I’m looking forward to seeing how much culinary talent we have in Cheshire and the north west.”

The paid apprenticeship scheme is set to launch on 11th March, with Radley stating that he wanted to address the chef shortage in the area.

All schools in Cheshire have been invited to send potential applicants to the open day where they will have the chance to explore the kitchens.

The new scheme will run alongside the restaurant’s existing apprenticeship system, which runs in partnership with Total People and has offered training and paid hospitality and catering jobs to young people for the past 18 years.

Those who have been given their first taste of work in the kitchen from the scheme include sous chef Daniel Beech, senior sous chef Steve Worth and David Gilmore, the current executive chef at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa.

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