Can you help a young chef help your business?

I recently attended a review meeting of the ‘Young Chef of the Year’ competition run by Lancashire Education Business Partnership (LEBP).

Team and Winners

Team and Winners

Open to all schools in Lancashire aspiring young chefs work in teams of two to design, cook and prepare either a two or three course meal depending upon their age.

The youngsters are judged not only on their cooking skills but also on their team work and table presentation skills. Written work produced supports the food technology national curriculum programme currently taught in schools.

From this September however a new Diploma in hospitality is to be taught in schools and colleges. Being taught at 3 levels: Foundation (equivalent to 5 GCSE’s), Higher (equivalent to 7GCSE’s) and Advanced (equivalent to 3.5 GCE A levels) students will learn about the fundamentals of the industry and the different roles and skills required, through customer service and food preparation, through to legislation and managing people. Check out for further details.

Part of the course requires that students undertake work placements of varying lengths dependent upon which level they are studying to give them a realistic view of the industry. Most work placements are sourced the LEBP and if you feel you would be able to offer a placement please contact the Work Placement team on 01254 584000.

Diane Blakemore