Budding chefs tasting success as they score roles in dream careers

Eight trainee chefs have secured full-time positions on their dream career paths following the launch of a new training scheme.

The Chef’s Academy was launched in collaboration between Trafford College and the Manchester Hoteliers Association (MHA) as a response to the financial strain endured by the hospitality industry post-Covid.

Its purpose is to inspire emerging talent and revitalise the industry by linking young people with career opportunities provided by the association’s members.

Adrian Ellis, general manager of The Lowry and chair of the Manchester Hoteliers Association, said: “Our aim, with the help of the city’s key hotel operators, is to see the hospitality industry thrive.

“We want to integrate younger talent into this sector and inspire them to start their career in hospitality.” 

Alina Plakhova, 27, an apprentice at Hyatt’s Hotels in Manchester

The Chef Apprenticeship is a paid full-time job which equips students with invaluable culinary knowledge and skills.

Financially supported by the hotel itself, it encompasses practical experience, college education, and industry exposure.

Lola Docherty, head of hospitality, hair and beauty studies at Trafford College, said:  “We are looking to motivate young learners to see the potential of working in the hospitality sector.

“We are here to work with them to get the best results and be the chefs of tomorrow.”

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