Pub group conceives kitchen toolkits to deal with crippling chef shortage

Stars Pubs & Bars chef

Star Pubs & Bars has launched two initiatives to further help licensees address the chef recruitment crisis. The initiatives – a chef recruitment tool kit and a significant discount on Ashburton Cookery School’s Chefs Academy – is designed to assist licensees recruit and grow their own experienced kitchen staff.

The chef recruitment toolkit will build Star licensees’ confidence and skills in the specialist area of catering staff recruitment. The toolkit contains ‘how to’ guides on interviewing and recruiting candidates as well as a series of professionally written job descriptions, interview questions and job advert templates.

Licensees have access to 30 documents covering the complete range of kitchen jobs, from kitchen porter and commis chef to food handler and chef de partie, which they can down load and adapt.

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “The problem of chef recruitment comes up time and again when we’re talking to licensees. Our toolkit will help licensees promote the benefits and career opportunities offered in pub catering. The materials and support will also give licensees’ recruitment drive the sort of professionalism looked for by candidates who are serious about a career in catering.”

Star has also negotiated a significant discount with the Ashburton cookery school, one of the country’s most respected private cookery schools, for its four week long Chef’s Academy course. The course offers over 30 hours of practical cookery a week teaching the core skills required to cook to a professional standard. Delegates come away with a Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills QCF qualification accredited by the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality.

The two initiatives are part of a raft of support Star has put in place to help licensees grow their food. These include new menu designs, in pub chef mentoring and a five day residential cookery course.

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