Chef Academy learning becomes the first to achieve

Chefs’ Academy learner becomes the first to achieve new Distinction grade Chefs’ Academy learner becomes the first to achieve new Distinction grade

Just over 12 months ago, we introduced our new Chefs’ Academy Commis Chef programme, embracing the new Government standards.

Now, our first apprentice, Danny Hitchinson, has completed the Level 2 Commis Chef programme. And he completed it in style, achieving the new ‘Distinction’ grade, introduced to reward apprentices that go “above and beyond”.

Danny Hitchinson said “I initially started the apprenticeship to get a first-hand look at how the process worked. However, over time, this changed. Learning how to make amazing meals from scratch with a few simple ingredients ignited a spark to learn new techniques and fuelled a new-found passion for ways of cooking that I’d never previously used.

The process was challenging at times, but still exciting throughout. I truly looked forward to the sessions at the academy kitchen each month, with the passion and knowledge of the tutors keeping every day fulfilling.

I’m immensely proud of gaining a Distinction. For everyone about to head into the Commis Chef apprenticeship you should remember that if you pay attention, work hard, and ask lots of questions, you will have everything you need to gain a Distinction too!”

The new apprenticeship standards were introduced in the UK to make sure apprenticeships were up to scratch in an ever-changing hospitality world. Here at Mitchells & Butlers, we have embraced these standards, alongside the new grading system and ‘Distinction’ grade, allowing for our hard-working apprentices to be rewarded for the effort they put in.

Culinary Learning and Development Manager, Gary Richmond, said “We are really proud of Danny’s great achievement. He came to the programme wanting to learn and with the correct attitude, which he has shown throughout the programme. Having watched Danny develop his skills over the last year, it is great to see him achieving a Distinction and it is testament that hard work, dedication and passion pays off.”

Phil Sharp, Kitchen Training & Development Manager for Restaurant division, said “Chefs’ Academy is a great programme to develop our chefs, allowing valuable time out of business to refine culinary skills. Danny fully embraced his time on the programme, and I’ve seen all the hard work he put into achieving this grade; it is thoroughly deserved. Danny is a strong advocate of the programme – keen to introduce other chefs in his District and to also progress onto his next qualification.”

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