Hugh Baird College launches scheme with celebrity chef

Hugh Baird College has teaming up with renowned celebrity chef Nigel Haworth to launch an exclusive apprenticeship, enabling students to gain employment in Michelin star restaurants.

The Bootle-based college launched its pioneering L20 Hotel School in August in a bid to ramp up training standards available to the UK’s hospitality sector.

Nigel Haworth is famous for reaching the BBC2’s Great British Menu final with his Lancashire Hotpot. The Michelin Star chef has also appeared on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and the Market Kitchen, and has been involved in running the Northcote Group and Ribble Valley inns since 1989.
L20 Hotel School director Mike Mounfield said the new L20 Northcote Apprenticeship will go the extra mile providing “on the job” training and field trips to regional food producers.

It will further deliver extensive knowledge based training on subjects including the origins of ingredients and the mechanics of running profitable kitchens, covering food management and stock orders.

Adding to the mix, the partnership will also see Nigel visiting the college each term to meet students, lead training sessions, devise seasonal menus and run the kitchen service.

“This is another terrific development for the L20 Hotel School,” said Mike. “We are delighted to be working alongside a chef of Nigel’s outstanding calibre and also combine with the restaurants and hotels within the Northcote Group.

“We have been in discussions with Nigel for months refining the details of the apprenticeship package. Essentially, this is about providing added value. We are teaching for a vocation not a qualification.

“Our apprentices will be given intense jobbing experience and will gain a deep knowledge of food production and regional produce. We will look to nurture talent and develop passion.

“For the best performing students there will also be a glittering opportunity to gain employment at one of the Northcote Group establishments, which include Michelin Star restaurants, as well as the L20 Hotel School itself.”

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