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An innovative training model for the culinary stars of the future

HIT Chef Academy

The HIT Chef Academy is an innovative training model for the culinary stars of the future. It aims to meet the demand for highly skilled chefs, as a result of the growth in fine dining experiences in the UK in the last two decades.

The Academy

The academy will supplement our Professional Chef Apprenticeship programme for any apprentices working in a ‘fine dining’ kitchen and nominated by their Head Chef to participate in the academy’s enhancement activities.

Headed by Paul Mannering, Academy Principal, and run by expert chef trainers at locations across the country, the training programme will bring together the very best in culinary excellence to provide the apprentices with the highest quality training, development and learning in the industry.

Apprentice chefs who are enrolled onto our Chef Academy, in addition to their normal apprenticeship schedule, will be invited to attend additional programmes, roughly every six to eight weeks.
These will include:

CULINARY MASTERCLASSES - from our expert trainers demonstrating additional knife skills, preparing and cooking complex dishes, refining flavours and creating dishes required in ‘fine dining’ kitchens

FRESH PRODUCT PROCUREMENT - With visits to farms, fishmongers and butchers sourcing seasonal foods

KITCHEN MANAGEMENT - Covering all aspects of managing people, administration, and the kitchen environment.

NUTRITION TRAINING - How to create dishes to meet your customers’ special needs, allergies and dietary requirements

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Professional Chef Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are not just available for school or college leavers but to any chefs already working in the industry who wish to improve their skills, undertake more responsibilities or gain promotion. Chefs at all levels and ages can gain new skills with the

apprenticeships involving on-site learning and assessment, e-learning and assignments, with frequent on-site visits by our industry experienced chef trainers.

The intermediate apprenticeship at level 2 is for Commis Chefs, the advanced apprenticeship at level 3 is for Chefs de Partie and the Senior Chef Culinary Arts higher apprenticeship at level 4 is for Sous Chefs, future Head Chefs, Executive Chefs and Kitchen Managers.

Who Can Apply?

For national or regional hotel, restaurant, contract catering or gastro pubs chains, a bespoke programme will be organised to meet the specific culinary and skills requirements of that organisation.

For individual restaurants, hotels, contract caterers, pubs, or any outlet offering fine dining, HIT will be organising regional masterclasses near you so contact your local office for more information.

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McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

There is a shortage of skilled chefs within in our industry at present and any organisation that truly believes in the value of training and development of bright future stars will enable themselves to be in a strong position for the years ahead. Investing in smart training and development is at the heart of what we do within WSH, so it has been refreshing to work alongside HIT within our Baxterstorey Chef Academy. 

Rik Razza - Head of Chef Development, BaxterStorey


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With a strong local focus, HIT Training offers coverage throughout the nation. Our skilled trainers and training consultants are based in every county of England.

You can apply for a training programme with HIT at any time whether for current staff or looking for new team members. Or if you just need someone to talk to, we’re always pleased to hear from you.

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