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HIT Training recognised at the Foodservice Cateys 2018

Posted on 16 October, 2018

HIT Training has won the ‘Supplier Excellence’ award at the annual Foodservice Cateys 2018. The winners were announced at a glittering event on 12th October at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel.​

Recognising foodservice employees across the UK, from chefs to procurement teams, the peer-group awards reward those individuals and teams that work diligently to make sure their business delivers an exceptional service every day.

The award for Supplier Excellence was bestowed upon HIT Training in recognition of its unique Chef Academy and the value it consistently delivers to employers and end users – helping foodservice businesses to develop their proposition and provide a service that exceeds expectations.

HIT Training’s Chef Academy team – spearheaded by Principal, Paul Mannering – runs innovative training workshops across the country for the culinary stars of the future. The Academy, which launched in 2015, aims to meet the demand for highly skilled chefs in the foodservice industry and supplements the Professional Chef Apprenticeship programme.

Paul Mannering, Principal of the HIT Chef Academy said, “When I first concepted the HIT Chef Academy programme, I wanted there to be ‘surprise and delight’ elements which would really benefit the learners, help inspire and make the course stand out as a leading example within the industry. The team’s passion to help learners progress and meet their career goals, as well as support employers in building a highly skilled team to tackle the skills shortage, is second to none. We are thrilled to have won the Supplier Excellence award.”

HIT Training Managing Director, Jill Whittaker added, “The HIT Chef Academy is at the forefront of learning developments, working closely with industry bodies to influence and design new training programmes. The Academy was recently recognised as one of the best training programmes seen by Ofsted. Paul Mannering and his team thoroughly deserve this recognition of their ongoing commitment to the foodservice industry.”

The judges said HIT Training “is an organisation that is constantly evolving and developing its training offer. It is just what the industry needs right now.”

Click here to find out more about the HIT Chef Academy.


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

We chose HIT as our training provider not only because of their specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry, but also because of their genuine passion for our brand and their understanding of our company culture. We believe that they can deliver our training to a very high standard whilst passing on our company ethos and values. Their attention to detail is second to none.

Charlotte Thoms, Talent Manager, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

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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