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Saffron sets up curry apprentices scheme


Northampton’s Saffron restaurant recently opened its kitchen doors to students of Weston Favell Academy, led by its Principal Martin Bonner, who is backing an apprenticeship scheme put forward by Naz Islam, the restau- rant’s owner. Fourteen students in total crowded into the kitchen to dip their toes in the water and learn to cook the nation’s favourite dish, Chicken Tikka Masala, and explore a career oppor- tunity. Course guidance and a tutorial was given by some of Northampton’s top Asian chefs, including Tipu Rahman from Tamarind and Bodrul Islam, Saffron’s own executive chef. Among the guests at the restaurant eager to sample the student’s efforts were Northampton’s Mayor, Cllr. Roger Conroy, Cllr. David Mackintosh, leader of the Borough Council, as well as many other dignitaries from the town and the Bangladeshi community who pledged their support for the initiative.


Saffron intends to initially recruit about 10 apprentice and work experience stu- dents of 16-21 years of age to train as curry and tandoori chefs, rising eventu-


ally to about 20 students a year. Training will last from a year for the basic course and up to two years for more advance qualifications. College and academy students are urged to join a free four week scheme of training which guaran- tees them an interview with a top local restaurant and paid apprenticeship at the end of the course.


Naz says, “The afternoon was more than successful, the student’s efforts


were applauded by all who attended and Weston Favell Academy has taken a pioneering approach which other schools and colleges will no doubt follow to ensure the continuation of Britain’s favourite adopted food.”


Spice Business Magazine


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Sept/Oct 2012


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