D&D London will permanently roll out its chef training programme to increase opportunities for individuals looking to work in the industry.
The move follows the success of its Summer School in July, which the company introduced to tackle the staffing crisis in the hospitality sector.
In partnership with Electric Mayonnaise, D&D has been working on a long-term commitment to secure employment for people with little or no previous experience looking to enter kitchens, while giving a much-needed boost to staffing numbers nationwide.
The initiative will offer the chance for people who are long-term unemployed to train in chef-related roles, alongside charities such as Crisis and Thames Reach.
D&D will initially launch two courses, each operated on a monthly basis at its flagship venue on Wardour Street.
Into Hospitality for Kitchens, a five-day intensive course, will see participants awarded with an Entry 3 Introductory Certificate.
Geared towards engaging learners, creating excitement and nurturing aspirations in hospitality, the course will offer a hands-on immersive experience.
Modules will include basic cooking, organisational skills and food hygiene with a focus on additional skills such as teamwork, task and time management and effective communication.
The course will culminate in a MasterChef-style cook-off for a table of judges comprising of industry experts and D&D employers, offering learners the opportunity to show off the skills they have mastered during the course and receive feedback from the judges.
The final day of the course will see the participants take part in a work experience shift at a chosen D&D restaurant. Successful participants will secure employment in one of D&D’s restaurants.
The second and more advanced option will be the Chef De Partie course, an eight-week deep dive, designed to cover all the basics that a NVQ level 2 in professional cookery would cover.
The course is geared towards commis chefs with at least six months to a year of professional kitchen experience and will build on their general cooking knowledge and skill.
Modules include preparing and cooking fish, meat and poultry, sauces, pastry and food hygiene skills. Learners will be accredited with a Laser Award in ‘Extended certificate in Cookery’.
Around 50 people who participated in D&D’s Summer School have gone on to work in back-of-house, front-of-house and bar positions across its businesses.