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Apprentices wanted for River Cottage chef school

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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Apprentices have the chance of a life changing opportunity

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TV farm-restaurant River Cottage has the last few places remaining on the award winning Chef School apprenticeship scheme.

Young chefs aged 16-24 are being invited to take a life-changing opportunity to gain an insight into the world of globally renowned River Cottage and learn from industry professionals.

There are no tuition fees to pay and learners will receive a salary from their employer during the 12 month programme.

River Cottage founder, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said that learning on the job is crucial for budding chefs.

He said: “There is an enduring, knowledge-for-life quality to this kind of learning that cannot be replicated outside the workplace.

“Former apprentices often cite the confidence-boosting, stimulating, varied nature of their apprenticeship along with the enriched and accelerated learning process as the key to building a successful career.”

The apprenticeship combines chef school based courses with on-the-job training across some of the South West’s top restaurants, pubs and hotels.

River Cottage is hosting an apprenticeship open evening on Wednesday August 27, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at their HQ in Park Farm, Axminster.

Chris Griffin, Head of Education at River Cottage Chefs’ School, is looking forward to welcoming in the next round of budding chefs.

He said: “The apprenticeship scheme is aimed at cultivating and developing a new generation of chefs that we hope will go far in this creative, growing industry.”

River Cottage Chefs’ School has launched an NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery and a new Food and Beverage Service Apprenticeship as well as the existing Level 2 course.

The programme starts in September.

Visit www.rivercottage/apply.

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