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Chartwells partners with Compass Cymru to launch Junior Chef Academy

29 Nov 2022
Chartwells has partnered with Compass Cymru to host the first Junior Chef Academy in Wales at St Joseph RC High School in Newport.

Over a ten week period, Chartwells and Compass will deliver chef masterclasses for 16 students, providing them with hands-on experience to learn the skills needed to become a chef, while promoting the opportunities available within a career in hospitality. The course, which is free of charge, will run after school hours on weekdays.

By supporting the National Food Strategy and school curriculum with practical sessions and information around food, the course aims to broaden the skills and knowledge of young culinary talent, equipping them with tools they can take through their education and beyond.

Jane Byrd, managing director of Compass Cymru, said: “We need to inspire the younger generation in Wales to make healthier, more sustainable choices while advocating the opportunities available to young people who are looking for a career in the hospitality industry. Hopefully this course will create a spark of excitement and engagement within students that leads to a fulfilling career in the kitchen.”

The course promotes local sourcing, sustainability, nutrition, good hygiene and healthy eating practices. It culminates with a celebratory graduation event where the students will be able to demonstrate their newfound cookery skills at a three-course dinner event.  

Jonathan Foot, head of apprenticeships and early careers at Compass UK & Ireland, added: As a business, we’re dedicated to enriching the learning of young people. This course demonstrates that this focus is not limited to serving nutritious and delicious meals, but also fuelling the inspiration of the next generation of chefs and sharing our insight and expertise during a crucial time in their development.

“This course will not only add great value to the students who undertake it, but it also forms part of our overarching strategy to champion a career with Chartwells, and the wider Compass UK & Ireland, providing a direct path onto our apprenticeships and career pathway programmes for students who wish to take the next step.”