Chef Mentoring is designed to motivate and inspire 11 chef de parties from around the UK by providing them with the opportunity to develop their expertise through regular interaction with their executive chef mentor.
Aspiring chefs will undertake several activities during the 12-month period, such as a trip to Billingsgate Market to learn skills with their mentor. Mentees will also acquire knowledge on kitchen management and leadership and visit the highly regarded Rungis market in France. The programme will culminate with mentor and mentee participating in a three-course gourmet menu cook off.
Vice president of food and beverage, Europe, Hilton Worldwide, James Glover said: “We are very excited to be launching the 2012 Chef Mentoring programme in the UK. Having successfully run this initiative for the first time in 2011, with excellent feedback from our teams, we are continuing this important programme to support aspiring chefs working in our kitchens.”
Michael Knox, senior chef de partie at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, participated as a mentee in 2011: “I recommend this programme to anyone who wants to move to the next level in their career. It takes you out of the kitchen to learn about ingredients and how they are produced, as well as visiting world-renowned markets and a culinary tour of Scotland. In the future, I would be honoured to be asked to be a mentor for the programme, as it taught me so much.”