The Ritz launches new hospitality training programme

Iconic London hotel The Ritz is set to train the future stars of the hospitality industry by launching a new academy.
 
The scheme is designed to prepare young people for a career working in catering and hospitality jobs at the best restaurants and hotels in the country and is due to launch this September.
 
Called The Ritz Academy, the concept will see recruits taking on either a three or five year course offering both practical and academic experience, which will be run by the hotel’s Managing Director and Head of Human Resources, while support will come from the Executive Chef, the Food and Beverage Operations Manager and the Hotel Manager.
 
Details of the academy’s programme have also been released, with candidates splitting their first three years evenly between the kitchen, restaurant, Rivoli Bar, housekeeping, front office and reservations departments.
 
After this, the recruits will spend their fourth year working for six months in food and beverage and the same amount of time in the rooms division, while they will be able to choose a speciality in their fifth and final year.
 
Some of the most successful candidates could go on to find hospitality jobs at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus, which appointed a new Head Chef this week.
 
Neil Snowball is set to take over from Sean Burbridge at the end of June and re-join Ramsay, who he worked alongside at Claridge’s from 2008 to 2011 as the restaurant’s Sous Chef.
 
He has also helped Clare Smyth on dish development at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and has worked as the Sous Chef at South Africa’s Leyton Hall and at the Grayshott Spa in HindHead, while he most recently worked alongside Heston Blumenthal as the Senior Development Chef at The Fat Duck.
 
Snowball’s new role at Pétrus will see him join the Knightsbridge restaurant which was initially launched in 1999 with Marcus Wareing as its Head Chef before re-opening in spring 2010.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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