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Initiatives to address chef shortage through
skills training
Promoting innovation, enterprise
and science and giving every-
one the skills and opportunities
to succeed underpin a dynamic
and competitive UK economy. In
this context, a pilot project has
been undertaken in London’s
Chinatown, which is looking to
embed qualifications and appren-
ticeships in the workplace The
Asian and Oriental Industry
Advisory Panel aims to identify the
skills and qualifications needed
for Asian and Oriental chefs and
an Ethnic Chefs Project Manager
will be recruited to deliver the
long term strategy.
R-L Margaret Hodge, Tourism Minister; Kevin Brennan, Skills Minister; Cyrus Todiwala, Cafe
Spice Namaste; Ranjit Mathrani, Masala World and panel member at the second Ethnic Chef
Meanwhile, the second Chefs
Summit at the House of Commons’.
Summit was held on 27th January
2010 at the House of Commons.
occupation from the list in a year’s time commitment to the long term strategy
Kevin Brennan, Skills Minister chaired
unless there is evidence of a coherent to the MAC.”
and Margaret Hodge, Tourism Minister
strategy to train chefs from the UK in
co-chaired. Among others present
place by then. Furthermore, the Prime MAC has indicated that it is minded to
were Enam Ali, Founder British Curry
Minister has asked for realistic tim- remove skilled chefs from the short-
Awards and Guild of Bangladeshi res-
escales to be put forward this year as age list in autumn 2010. It has been
taurateurs, Ranjit Mathrani, Masala
to when substantial numbers of chefs concluded that skilled chefs should
World and Cyrus Todiwala, Café Spice
will be trained in the UK and when the remain on the shortage occupation
occupation could be taken off the list. list for the time being with the skill pay
threshold of £8.45 per hour, and with
The Migration Advisory Committee’s
Cyrus Todiwala says, “It is there- the new requirement for three years’
(MAC) latest review of shortage occu-
fore essential to build rapidly on the relevant experience.
pations has been accepted in full by
joint government and industry work,
the government which recommended
which has already started, and to
chefs remain on the list for now, but
demonstrate significant progress and
advised it is minded to remove the
Hypnotised to love curry
Hypnotist Paul McKenna has admit- shoulder in the exact
ted using mind control to persuade a same place, she agreed
former girlfriend to go for a curry. He to go for a curry. Mr
said, “I once dated a girl who didn’t McKenna claimed that
like curry. I used to wait until she was in the end the girlfriend
really hungry, and I would say, “Yeah, grew to to like curry and
I’m feeling really hungry, too.” Then that he had done her a
I would say, “I quite like curry,” and I favour by widening her
would touch her on the shoulder at that culinary choices.
time and create an associational link.”
He did this over three or four weeks
until eventually when he said, “Are
you hungry?” and touched her on the
Spice Business Magazine 7 February | March 2010
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