Apprentices aim to be a cut above
Apprentices in the Northcote kitchen work closely with Lisa Goodwin-Allen, who helps develop their culinary skills to be the best in the UK. Every Autumn brings life-changing beginnings for many students.
This year a group of talented apprentices embark on the start of what will be an incredible culinary career as they step into the Northcote kitchen to learn from executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and her brigade. This year sees a front of house apprentice starting her career in hospitality.
Northcote is looking to build the Apprentice Scheme for front of house and welcomes more applicants for 2019. The new apprentices undertake the Commis Chef Standard, which offers experience in each section before they choose an area where they feel most inspired. All aspects of a commercial kitchen are covered, from menu planning and dish development to costing, supply chains and even professional behaviour and culture.
To help the apprentices gain a deeper understanding, they also take part in educational trips like the Abbeystead Estate grouse day. The vision is for them to work closely with Lisa Goodwin-Allen and to be inspired to be the future of Northcote. The standard and benchmark is for them to be the best culinary apprentices in the UK. Lisa is very passionate about supporting the apprentices and believes the more that is put into them, the more Northcote will benefit by their developing skills.
They are joining a talented brigade featuring apprentice success stories like sous chef Danny Young. Danny began his career in the Northcote kitchen at the age of 16, working his way up and winning the Craft Guild of Chefs National Young Chef of the Year 2018.
On completing her third year as an apprentice in the summer, Emily Tyndall-Brown was rewarded with a promotion to demi chef de partie.
Apprentice chef Josh Root has just ended his first apprentice year on a high, winning Blackburn College’s Catering & Hospitality Apprenticeship Award as well as his regional win at the Springboard Future Chef Competition back in February. Northcote holds various Taste of Hospitality events to empower teachers and parents and inspire young people to join the industry.