A CULINARY star of the future picked up top tips from celebrity chef Rachel Green during a cookery demonstration.
Rachel Green hosted the event for First College Lincs, in Louth, to help promote awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships to both people hoping to work in the hospitality industry and to local businesses. And Level 3 professional cookery apprentice, Jack Rance, 19, from Louth, was chosen to assist her in the demonstration at Kenwick Park Hotel. Jack began studying catering at the Grimsby Institute and then transferred to First College Lincs and started working at the hotel. He said:
“I’ve always loved cooking and I picked up a lot of tips from my mum and nan. “I was a bit nervous when I was told I’d be helping Rachel, but it’s a good opportunity to see how a chef like her works.
“Doing an apprenticeship has really helped me to gain practical experience and improved my skills and techniques ready for my assessments. “It’d be my dream to work as a chef on a cruise ship one day when I’ve finished training.”
Jack helped Rachel – who is an ambassador for Lincolnshire produce – to cook a variety of dishes, including pan-fried sea bass with fennel, cream sauce and samphire, and Cromer crab fritters with mustard mayonnaise. Rachel said:
“It is so important to help nurture the talent and enthusiasm of people who aspire to work within any industry.“If I can do my little bit to help the future careers of people like Jack then that is fantastic. “When I trained there weren’t apprenticeships available in the catering and hospitality industry, so I went all the way to Edinburgh to train. “I can’t emphasise enough how local businesses can shape future generations by taking them on as apprentices.”
Paul Hugill, chef proprietor of Louth’s Priory Hotel, told those assembled how taking on apprentices has benefited his business.
“I’m not going to say it was plain sailing from the start but the benefits have been absolutely astounding,” he said. “Our apprentice has enriched our business and our lives by giving me more time to be creative. “As a business owner, you can make a difference to them, but they can also make a massive difference to you.”