HIT Training and Eden Hotel Collection partner to launch new Chef Academy

HIT Training and Eden Hotel Collection partner to launch new Chef AcademyHIT Training, the largest, specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the hospitality sector, has partnered with the award-winning Eden Hotel Collection to launch a bespoke training facility – Eden Chef Academy.

The academy supports the new Commis Chef and Professional Cookery Level 2 Apprenticeships and offers apprentices working in each of the collection’s eight hotels an additional career pathway to help them develop and progress to higher positions and qualifications, such as the Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Run by Simon Haigh, Food & Beverage Director at Eden Hotel Collection, and Paul Mannering, Principal of the HIT Chef Academy, the bespoke training initiative comprises of interactive workshops, live demonstrations – which will test and challenge the apprentices’ practical skills – and theory sessions. Additionally, aspiring chefs will have the opportunity to accompany Simon on visits to local butchers, fish markets and producers to educate them on the importance of sourcing local ingredients and seasonality, as well as learn how to build a relationship with suppliers.

The academy workshops will be based at Eden Hotel Collection’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ – Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa. A large part of the apprentices’ learning will also take place in each of the hotel kitchens with their brigade and trainer assessor from HIT Training, building and developing their skills and confidence on a day-to-day basis.

Paul Mannering, Principal of the HIT Chef Academy, said: “In November 2015, we launched the HIT Chef Academy as an additional training opportunity for the chef apprentices we work with across the country. Since then, the academy has grown from strength-to-strength and we have taken the innovative learning format and are working with businesses, such as Eden Hotel Collection, to develop bespoke academies which are tailored to the individual requirements of the company and its apprentices.

“It is a pleasure to work with Eden Hotel Collection to launch its own academy and help to grow talent and support its next generation of chefs. Our objective is for its young apprentices to finish the academy with a core set of skills and confidence that will see them excel in their careers and qualifications.

“With an industry-wide demand for chefs affecting the hospitality sector, there has never been a more crucial time to invest in training young chefs and equipping them with the skills to fill higher level vacancies, and we are proud to support Eden Hotel Collection in taking up this challenge.”

Simon Haigh, Eden Hotels Food & Beverage Director, said: “I am so honoured to have our own academy. These young apprentices are the future and without people who share our passion we are unable to do our jobs. It is vital we invest the time and effort in our apprentices, as they are the ones who could well be managing our kitchens in the years to come. Recruitment and retention of good people is at the forefront of our sector’s agenda, therefore initiatives like this are essential to future-proof the vibrant and creative industry in which we work.”

Apprentices interested in joining the Eden Chef Academy can call Rachel Healey, Group Learning & Development Manager at Eden Hotel Collection, on 07813 637314 or email developme@edenhotelcollection.com. For more information on HIT Training, please visit their website.