Compass Group UK & Ireland is set to launch a landmark culinary programme in collaboration with esteemed chef Marcus Wareing.
‘Forward with Marcus Wareing’ is an enhanced programme which runs alongside a Level 4 Senior Culinary Chef or Level 5 Operations Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard delivered in partnership with national hospitality training provider, HIT Training.
A recognised supporter in helping chefs reach their potential, Mr Wareing has been instrumental in putting the programme together.
Focus areas include sustainability, creating a more diverse kitchen brigade in terms of ethnicity and gender, developing mental first aider skills, mentoring and analysis of different leadership styles and outcomes.
He said: “‘Forward’ is a new cutting-edge culinary training programme designed to build skills, grow knowledge and expand imagination, so candidates can take their career to truly exceptional places.
“Candidates will be able to explore every aspect of the modern kitchen, from culture to commerce, question assumptions and challenge conventions with guidance from myself.”
The programme includes extracurricular enrichment activities across the UK which will deliver real, practical experiences to a group of chefs, which challenge the senses and reconnect with the elements – bringing to life this culinary training programme.
Jonathan Foot, head of apprenticeships and early careers at Compass Group, said: “This is part of Compass’ commitment to support development at every stage of our people’s careers – from the first rung of the ladder, right the way up to executive chef level.
“‘Forward with Marcus Wareing’ looks beyond cooking techniques to the social and commercial workings of the kitchen, and the realities of the climate crisis and food system. It is all about future-proofing our chefs and forging a new generation of industry leaders.”
Dozens of chefs from across the Compass Group UK & Ireland business underwent a rigorous and fair selection process.
This included being interviewed by a panel of judges, headed up by Mr Wareing, where they presented why they should be selected and how the programme would support their personal careers and skills development.
The first cohort, who start their journey at the end of August, consists of 15 ambitious chefs from across Compass.
Adam Fargin – Executive Chef, Levy UK + I, All England Lawn Tennis Club
Amy Duthie – Head Chef, Chartwells Independent site
Darren Passmore – Executive Head Chef, Healthcare, The Cromwell Hospital, Kensington
Jodie Plummer – Head Chef/Team Leader, Restaurant Associates, Aon Group
Josh Stanton – Executive Head Chef, Levy UK + I, The Kia Oval
Leanne Turk – Lead Development Chef, Compass Group UK & Ireland
Lee Brooking – Group Exec Chef, ESS Defence, South West
Matthew Lord – Group Exec Chef, ESS Defence, South West
Nicola Harper – Catering & Hospitality Manager, 14forty energy site
Phillip Jones – Group Executive Chef, Eurest, Jaguar Land Rover
Sam Morgan – Executive Chef, The Venues Collection
Seymour Millington – Head Chef, Levy UK + I, Sheffield United Football Club
Simon Coulter – Group Exec Chef, ESS Defence, East of England
Sonny Lee – Hospitality & Brasserie Head Chef, Restaurant Associates, Société Générale, Canary Wharf
Stowell Jernimain Barry – Unit Manager/Chef Manager, Healthcare, RMBI – White Oaks