Why hospitality is not just a man's business.

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3/10/2020

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Meet Ali, Nicoleta, Wendy and Natalie  This all-star team run the The Albany, and they want to tell you why hospitality is not just a man's business.

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Becoming an Assistant Manager with Mitchells & Butlers

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2/16/2020

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Joining Mitchells & Butlers is more than just a job. You’re joining a family, in a fun, friendly workplace where you also get the opportunity find your career path in hospitality. That’s true for Ashley Dunnett who joined Mitchells & Butlers in 2016 as a Kitchen Manager and is now following his dream career path to become a General Manager. We caught up with Ashley to find out more about his aspirations, his career journey so far and his advice to those looking to follow his steps. What made you join Mitchells & Butlers? At my previous workplace, I felt like I had hit a wall in my career. I was looking for my next step and a bit of inspiration when I saw Nicholson’s were recruiting. I was really looking forward to joining a successful brand and setting myself more challenging goals.   Tell us a little bit about your career journey with Mitchells & Butlers so far. I joined as a Kitchen Manager in Covent Garden. I really enjoyed working in the kitchen, but after 13 months I was looking for a fresh challenge. I moved to an Assistant Manager role at the Greyhounds in London Soho, aspiring to become a General Manager with my own pub in the future.   What has been your drive to switch roles? I decided to move from the kitchen to the waiting team, because I’m a people person and I love entertaining guests. I really enjoyed creating dishes, and progressed to Kitchen Manager, which has been great, but my long-term ambition has been to be a General Manager.   How has Mitchells & Butlers supported your development? Mitchells & Butlers has a great management development programme in place that has helped me gain the knowledge and skills to drive my progression. I have also had the opportunity to take the Level 4 Food & Beverage Hospitality Apprenticeship. Alongside this, the network of regional trainers and Regional Business Managers have been great at giving me the support to progress to Assistant Manager.     What’s your advice to those looking to progress in the hospitality sector? My advice is to aim high and take the opportunity to learn through apprenticeships. They’re a great opportunity to learn new tricks of the trade.   Interested in a role in pub management? Find out more about our opportunities for you to build a business to be proud of on our management jobs page. 

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Celebrating success with our apprentices

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2/6/2020

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  We all know as an apprentice with Mitchells & Butlers you receive 33% discount across every Mitchells & Butlers pub and restaurant. But did you also know that every year our teams across the UK take time out to #ApplaudAnApprentice who they think deserves to be put in the spotlight? This can be recognising everything from their attitude to their ideas and hard work. So, this #NationalApprenticeshipWeek we’re showcasing eight different apprentices who are being recognised by our teams.     1.    For always looking to learn, Stuart McPhillips, Toby CarveryStuart’s described as an absolute gem. His team says he is always there when he’s needed, takes feedback on board and turns everything into a positive. He helps anyone who enters the restaurant, whether it’s a guest or team member, you can always rely on Stuart’s smile greeting you. He's taken on the role as team trainer with gusto, a definite star of the future.   ️   2.    For rolling the sleeves up to get involved, Luke, Vintage Inns Luke joined The Lamb Inn on the kitchen apprenticeship scheme. Luke has gone from strength to strength in the past month, showing a tenacious attitude and getting stuck to every challenge! Luke’s team wants to recognise all of his hard work and they can't wait to see how far he goes!   ️1️1 3.    For having a drive to succeed, Lucy Anne Brennan, Toby CarveryLucy’s team decided to applaud Lucy after joining Toby Carvery Snaresbrook around two years ago as a team member and developing leaps and bounds, with fantastic personal drive and ambition.      4.    For always being there to lend a helping hand, Gareth Connell, All Bar OneAll Bar One Newcastle’s Kitchen Apprentice Gareth Connell is being applauded for always being eager and willing to learn. Gareth’s co-workers say he is a valuable member of their kitchen team, always helps when he’s needed and plays a vital role together with the rest of the kitchen team.   11 5.    For having a “can do” attitude, McKenzie Smith, Vintage InnsMcKenzie Smith gets great comments and feedback from her Lifetime Training coach. She has mastered starters and desserts and is now moving onto creating main dishes. She has a “can do” attitude and gets great feedback from her co-workers!    1 6 & 7. For seizing the moment for progression, Chelsie & Rebekka, HarvesterChelise and Rebekka work together in a Harvester restaurant and have been applauded for their pride and engagement in the restaurant! They are both progressing brilliantly as Chelsie has recently become an Assistant Manager, with Rebekka on her way to becoming a Shift Supervisor.        8.    For serving with pride, Zak Torak, Nicholson’sThe team at Nicholson’s Henry Addington say they feel privileged to have Zak as part of our kitchen team. He is professional, adaptable and always approaches his work with a smile. Zak has an extremely bright future, watch out for the name! So that’s eight rounds of applause for our eight apprentice stories, but there’s so many more happening across our pubs and restaurants. If you feel inspired by one of these eight stories to discover how an apprenticeship could be the kickstart to your career journey, check out our apprenticeship page.

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What it’s like to work as a Kitchen Skills Trainer with Mitchells & Butlers?

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2/3/2020

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️1️1 Mitchells & Butlers has 16 brands and over 1,500 pubs and restaurants spanning across the UK. All of our pubs and restaurants are looking for the next exciting dish that can offer a unique experience to each one of our guests. Much of the responsibility for this lies with our Kitchen Skills Trainers who work hard to develop new dishes and ensure our kitchens know how to bring them to life.To find out more about the role, we caught up with Daniel McLaughlin, Kitchen Skills Trainer with Mitchells & Butlers.     22 Tell us a little bit about your career journey so far? I joined Mitchells & Butlers because I liked what the company stood for. It’s people first & creating quality food. I joined as a Sous Chef and worked my way up through from Kitchen Manager to Accredited Kitchen Manager. Then I had the opportunity for a six-month secondment in the Pre-Openings team, responsible for the logistics and preparation for every Mitchells & Butlers pub and restaurant new opening and refurbishment. This was a great opportunity for me to understand more about different training styles. My aspiration has always been to be a Kitchen Skills Trainer, so I was really happy 18 months ago when I managed to make the jump to the next level. So, what’s involved in your day to day role? A big part of my role is to support menu development – everything from new menu ideas to deciding how each dish can be created in the kitchen. I consult the marketing team to look at how we can create new, exciting dishes in our kitchens. We have to ensure we have everything from the right kitchen equipment to training our kitchen leaders to make sure every dish is cooked to perfection! I’m really proud of the role I played to create the launch of the Moving Mountains burger in Vintage Inns pubs. I helped to develop a digital video module for our kitchen & waiting teams to watch, not only to find out how to cook, prepare and handle the new dish, but also to help understand why guests may choose the burger. What’s your biggest piece of to someone looking to climb the kitchen career ladder? Resilience is key, to make sure you can adapt to a fast-paced, ever changing environment. At Mitchells & Butlers there is a phenomenal network of Kitchen Skills Trainers and chefs who have the experience to help you progress. So definitely use them! Inspired by Daniel’s kitchen career journey? Head over to our kitchen jobs page, to find out more about a kitchen career with Mitchells & Butlers.

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