The waiter: Amy Dennison, chef de rang, the Dorchester

Amy Dennison started as a summer intern for eight weeks in the Grill at the Dorchester upon finishing her A-levels. Since completing her internship, Amy has become a valued member

of the Dorchester and has been promoted to chef de rang. Amy has flourished into a confident, key member on the restaurant floor, demonstrating passion, determination and teamwork.

The chef: Chantel Alexander, Harrison Catering

Culinary Arts and supported by Harrison teaches children about food in a holistic sense: where it comes from, how to cook it, why we need it and the impact it has on the environment. In addition to the one-on-one training and

mentoring, Chantel was supported through the apprenticeship programme, which includes regular site visits from her trainer assessor, observational feedback and working closely with her catering manager to ensure that she is achieving the required standards of the apprenticeship. Chantel said her apprenticeship was challenging, inspiring and exciting. She adds: “I would tell others to take an apprenticeship. It’s a good choice and really helps.”

The bar manager:

Chantel joined the Harrison team at an independent school on an apprenticeship scheme in September 2015 and has never looked back. The catering manager immediately took Chantel under her wing, teaching her everything in the kitchen, from knife skills to key elements of food preparation. Chantel’s confidence has really grown since

she’s been working with the organisation. She has benefited from many courses on bespoke training in health and safety and food hygiene as well as the organisation’s SMILE customer care training. To develop her craft skills, Chantel has attended a number of in-house craft courses to help advance her knowledge of the industry. This year Chantel also achieved a HIT Training Level 2 Diploma in food production and cookery. Chantel has supported her catering manager on the Chefs Adopt a School programme, which has been delivered over the past two years to the children. The initiative by the Royal Academy of

Maura Milia, junior assistant bar manager, the Connaught Bar, Maybourne Hotel Group Maura joined the Connaught on a casual basis as a waitress in the Connaught Bar in February 2014. Having since joined the permanent team, she has shown great dedication and determination to progress and

grow within the bar industry, building on her previous experience within fine dining and high-end cocktail bars. Maura says: “One of the achievements I am most proud of was earlier this year when I was nominated and won the Front of House Star of the Year at the Class Bar Awards 2018. It was the very first time in the history of the Connaught Bar for a female personality to be recognised and not only that, but a personality from in front of the bar! “I feel that creating experiences for our guests

comes from the product we provide, but also the service on the floor and how we actually create the experience. I was so pleased to be able to represent this side of the bar industry. I plan to keep building on what I am doing and also hope to aid the success of rising stars of the future.”


The catering apprentice: Stephen Tomlinson, kitchen porter/ general assistant, ABsolutely by CH&Co Stephen is an apprentice with the CH&Co Chefs’ Academy. In the past 12 months he has developed his skills and his confidence has come on tenfold too. Stephen said: “On

leaving school, I started my job at as a potwash

in the kitchen and I really enjoyed being part of the team. When my manager suggested enrolling in the Chefs’ Academy and doing an apprenticeship, I was a bit worried at first as I had never done anything like it before. But my manager supported and reassured me, and I now love my job even more! It has given me more confidence to believe in myself and express myself more. I feel proud and I have ambition that I never really had. “The academy has given me the opportunity to meet and work with other people, which has been excellent. I’ve also taken on more responsibility thanks to the new skills I’ve learned. I can really see a future in catering and I’d love to run a kitchen one day – something I’d never have imagined saying a couple of years ago. I’m really grateful for the opportunity.”

The managerial apprentice: Abdul Rahman, duty managerial assistant, Amadeus

At an early age Abdul decided full-time education wasn’t for him, as he needed to work and train at the same time to support his young family. He heard about the apprenticeship opportunities Amadeus was offering in partnership with Solihull College and University Centre and he decided to

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