Compass Group has teamed up with Highbury College, Portsmouth to re-launch its Junior Chef Academy, an after-school course for aspiring chefs aged 14 to 16 years.
Utilising the talents of some of its most experienced chefs, the foodservice and facilities management services provider has introduced sessions with Women in Food Ambassador and Lead Development Chef, Leanne Turk, and Robert Brown who is Head of Menu, Recipe & Ingredients Management Team.
The programme extends beyond equipping students with culinary skills by additionally empowering them to cook, eat healthily, and consider their future career prospects more deeply - a task that can often be daunting during the teenage years.
Forty hours of learning time culminates in an exciting graduation meal prepared by the students, serving up dishes that allow their newly taught skills to be put into practice so they can dazzle their friends and families.
Craig Mincher, Director of Employer & Commercial Services for Highbury College, says:
"Highbury College has a long history of teaching the nation’s next top culinary talents. Our chefs have gone on to work all over the world in renowned restaurants. We’re proudly supporting Compass Group UK & Ireland in upskilling their staff while at the same time helping aspiring chefs take their next steps in the industry."
Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers at Compass Group UK & Ireland, adds:
"We are thrilled to be elevating our affiliation with Highbury College, and they are ideal partners for the Junior Chef Academy due to the range of successful apprenticeships they have on offer. We passionately believe in helping support the skills development of enthusiastic students who are aspiring to become the future new talent within the hospitality sector."