Sixteen aspiring chefs from Lexington and Elior UK have graduated from the Lexington and Elior award-winning Chef School: a 9-month training programme which gives people in non-culinary roles the skills and confidence they need to start their career as chefs.
The graduation lunch was hosted at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham. The lunch was attended by more than 100 guests, who were served a Great British Picnic prepared by this year’s graduates.
Stuart Nisbet, who led the design and delivery of Chef School, said: “This isn’t just about skills training, it’s about giving people the confidence and opportunities they need to pursue their dream job and be a proud part of the hospitality industry.”
Now in its third year, Chef School has delivered 117% return on investment and seen 95% of its 32 graduates from the last two courses start their dream jobs as chefs – with many of this year’s intake expected to follow suit soon. Due to its increasing popularity within Elior and Lexington, Chef School doubled in size this year, opening a second school at Redbridge College, London.
Murray Tapiki, Development Chef at Lexington, said: “This is the first year we have run the London-based Chef School and it’s proving a real success. It’s wonderful to see students become more confident and put their new skills to use in the kitchen.”
Congratulations to our 2017 Chef School Graduates
Lauren Marie Bartlett – Catering Assistant
Samantha Brannick – Cook
Sinead Byrne – Kitchen Assistant
Amanda Carter – General Assistant
Rose Hunt – Commis Chef
Joshua Jacques – General Assistant
Daniel Millar – Chef
Marie Rawlings – Catering Assistant
Jonathan Reid – General Assistant
Steven Ward – Kitchen Assistant
Linden Fray – Trainee Chef
Osman Jalloh – Kitchen Porter
Mohamed M’Rah – Kitchen Porter
Nabil Saadi – Commis Chef
Conor Sweeney – Kitchen Assistant
Balint Stosz – Kitchen Porter