Josh has joined forces with Adrian Kirikmaa, Weston College, St Katherine’s School and Ashton Gate Stadium to address the ever growing issue of attracting recruitment into the hospitality industry. Together they have created The School of Food, the South West’s newest vocational programme for chefs.
The School of Food is open to people looking for an entry point into the industry, as well as those already working within restaurants, hotels and food businesses. The course will be taught by chefs, offering apprenticeships with the best establishments in the South West and offering visits to food producers, artisans and the opportunity to cook at high profile events and locations.
Students will complete a 12-month course, undertaking the Commis Chef Standard Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2. Once completed this opens the door to a host of future opportunities as Bristol’s food and drink scene continues to boom, with a huge number of new openings in the last year alone.
The region’s success will be short-lived if restaurateurs cannot bring new talent into their kitchens. The hospitality industry has been experiencing a huge drop in recruitment and retention for many years now. Trade experts estimate that the industry will need to recruit 1.3 million new staff by 2024 in order to fuel market growth.
However the chef shortage is now reaching a critical stage, restaurants up and down the country have been reducing operational hours due to staff shortages, where many have simply closed under the pressure.
“The chef shortage is by no means a new thing, it’s been bubbling away for years. For so long people have been talking about why it’s happening, but hardly anyone has looked at how we can fix this. The School of Food is kind of the antithesis to that; it’s all about bringing through the future of the industry. This apprenticeship will give participants more time in professional kitchens, designed to inspire chefs and show them just what they can achieve and really set them up for success in what is an incredibly rewarding and creative industry.”
The School of Food curriculum will cover everything from food preparation and nutrition through to chef and knife skills, food knowledge, how to take stock and even the financial aspects of working in a kitchen. Applications for the apprenticeship are already being taken ahead of a launch event on Monday 13th November at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium; which will be attended by local chefs, producers, artisans and educators.
For more information or to enroll for the 2018 curriculum then visit: http://www.school-of-food.co.uk/.