Kew Green celebrates Chef School Graduation

We’re delighted to announce that we have just completed our very first Kew Green Chef School, with a graduation evening which took place for our eight chefs at The Grand, Brighton on 23rd March 2017.

Kew Green Chef School saw the group undertake a 12 month development programme, supported by Alan White, Executive Head Chef at The Grand Brighton, Matthew Collins, Food & Beverage Operations Director at Kew Green and Ian Byrne, Group Learning & Development Manager.

Chef School was designed to raise core chef skills, training and development within Kew Green and offer our chefs the opportunity to develop their talents and career with the company. Throughout the one year programme, the learners worked towards a professional qualification, Professional Cookery Level 2 or 3. Our learners attended monthly masterclasses delivered by industry experts, enabling them to receive training that is current and relevant, working alongside key suppliers and growers. Kew Green laid on a blended learning approach with one-to-one training, coupled with regular masterclasses in areas ranging from abattoir visits, to vegetable farming, taking fish from sea-to-plate, as well as bread and dough making. Our chefs worked towards the opportunity to win the coveted title of Kew Green Master Chef and two months’ work experience in a top restaurant. The final cook off was held at City College, Norwich, with attendees from the college and Kew Green Senior Team.

Ian Byrne, Group Learning and Development Manager at Kew Green Hotels, said: “Chef School was a fantastic opportunity for our identified ‘Chefs of the future’ to develop their skills and career with us.
We believe it is imperative to have solid succession plans for our people within Kew Green. Our aim is to develop up and coming employees, providing the right tools and resources to enable progression throughout our growing portfolio of hotels.”

Matthew Collins, Food & Beverage Operations Director, said: “We’re proud to have delivered an Outstanding Chef School and look forward to starting all over again with Chef School 2017 supporting the more learners, and the hotels, through the process. We’re proud to say Chef School enables our chefs to develop all the skills and knowledge they need to progress careers.”