Westminster Kingsway College launches Chefs Training School with Bay Restaurant Group
29 April 2010
Westminster Kingsway College in central London has launched a new Chefs Training School with the Bay Restaurant Group, owners and operators of high-street brands La Tasca and ha ha bar & grill to train and develop its employees. The College works with a number of large employers in the hospitality industry and works closely with its industry partners to develop the skills of chefs. The BRG Chef School for 2010 commences this week in conjunction with Westminster Kingsway College. 15 chefs from BRG’s restaurants across London and the South East have been offered the opportunity to improve and hone their kitchen techniques through the first of three 4-month courses this year. Also joining the group are chefs from the Slug and Lettuce, which is now operated by BRG sister company Town and City Pub Company.
Participants taking part in the day release course have been selected following an interview process for their passion for creating great food, drive to develop their careers and enthusiasm for delivering the very best guest experience. The Chef School course, which is funded by the employer and completes with an awards ceremony and dinner in August, focuses on key areas developed by the College together with the employer including: ‘Industry Learning’ - understanding the hospitality industry and its importance to the UK economy; ‘Craft skills’ - learning knife skills for filleting, butchery and boning, as well as cooking techniques; ‘Functional learning’ - learning about ordering stock, food hygiene and kitchen documentation, dish costing and service of food; ‘Personal learning’ – working well as a team, self management and creative thinking skills.
Perry Huntley, Head of Food Development, Bay Restaurant Group said: "We have wanted to create a BRG chef school for sometime as a way to encourage and formally acknowledge the development of chefs within the business. By teaming up with Westminster Kingsway College, arguably one of the best colleges in the UK we are confident that the course will offer participants a great balance between academic and practical elements. The enthusiasm for the course within the business has been immense and we look forward to our first graduates completing in August."
Louise Jordan, Head of Hospitality Workforce Development at Westminster Kingsway College said: "We at Westminster Kingsway College are delighted to be working in partnership with the Bay Restaurant Group to develop a program that will enhance the skills of the their hospitality staff. The course has been developed through careful planning with representatives of BRG and WKC and it will compliment the restaurant menu offer while enriching the practical chef skills of the team."
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