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Brend Hotels

Chef Academy - Level 2 & 3 Chef Apprenticeships

Innovative training for the culinary stars of the future.

Take your first steps in your career as a chef and join The Chef Academy at Brend Hotels and HIT Training. A chef apprenticeship with The Brend Training Academy offers the highest quality training, development and learning in the industry. Brend Hotels were part of the government consultation on the new Trailblazer Standards. We were one of the first hotel groups in the country to offer the new standards and achieve a distinction. 

Apprentices will be based in one of our eleven professional hotel kitchens in North Devon, South Devon or Cornwall. With the help of senior chefs and a tutor, they will build their knowledge, skills and confidence through a recognised qualification. On completion, we aim to offer a permanent position at one of our hotels or restaurants in the south west.

In addition to the chef apprenticeship training schedule, students will be invited to attend additional programmes to enhance their training journey:

Culinary masterclasses

Expert trainers will demonstrate how to prepare and cook complex dishes and dishes required in ‘fine dining’ kitchens. They will also teach you about refining flavours and enhancing your knife skills. 

Chef demonstrations

Take part in demonstrations at food fairs and festivals.

Enter competitions

We encourage our chef apprentices to enter culinary competitions and we also run our own Brend Chef Academy Competition.

Outside events

Students will have the opportunity to work at local events and weddings with our catering company; Top Notch Event Catering.

Fresh product procurement

Apprentices will work with fresh local produce during their workshops and skills taught will be used back in their workplace.

Nutrition training

How to create dishes to meet your customers’ special needs, allergies and dietary requirements.

Kitchen management

Covering all aspects of managing people, administration, and the kitchen environment.

Professional Chef Apprenticeships

Chefs at all levels and ages can gain new skills with the apprenticeships. Our professional apprenticeships involve on-site learning and assessment paired with e-learning and assignments. Apprentices can also expect frequent on-site visits by our industry-experienced chef trainers.

Reasons to join the Brend Training Academy as an apprentice chef:

  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme supported by Hospitality Action, our leading industry charity 
  • Invited to team events and competitions
  • 10% discount around our hotels and restaurants
  • Provided with regular reviews, support and feedback
  • Have support from an award-winning training provider: HIT Training
  • Receive a competitive starting rate of pay: £188pw & company benefits
  • Take part in bi-monthly practical cookery sessions with our best chefs and HIT chef trainers

What students will do as an apprentice chef:

  • Working as part of a team and developing interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrating commitment to your apprenticeship programme
  • Keeping a diary to record development of knowledge and skills
  • Preparing for/attending practical learning sessions
  • Looking after stock – security, rotation and stock levels
  • Preparing food to the company’s high standards, learning about the responsibilities required to ensure that quality and consistency is achieved
  • Developing food knowledge by taking part in tastings with the head chef
  • Learning and developing new skills within the kitchen

Entry requirements

  • A UK resident
  • Must not be taking part in full-time education
  • A passion to work within the hospitality industry
  • Aged 16+
  • GCSE grade C and above is desirable in English and Maths

When can I start?

The Brend Training Academy takes applications all year round and will endeavour to find a position for you ASAP. Also, please see our current apprenticeship vacancies ready for immediate start.

How do I apply?

Visit our Careers page for a specific vacancy and search for apprenticeships by region. Alternatively, visit our online recruitment system to add your speculative application. If you have any questions about the Chef Academy or any apprenticeship programmes, please email The Academy Principal, Andrew Mosedale: am@brendhotels.com

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