New recruits join hotel group’s culinary academy A trio of aspiring young chefs have joined a specialist apprenticeship scheme run by a Lake District hotel group. Having left school in the summer, 16-year-olds Maria Cheetham from Haverigg, Jonny Mariott from Staveley and Rebecca Atkinson from Heysham have successfully enrolled in the English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues ‘Culinary Academy’. The new teenage recruits are seeking careers within the catering and hospitality sector.  The academy offers trainees a one year apprenticeship, delivered in partnership with Kendal College.  A total of 13 students are now currently training to become commis chefs within the hotel group. Maria will be based at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa in Windermere, Jonny will be working at the Wild Boar Inn at Crook, and Rebecca will learn the ropes at the art-deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe. Run by English Lakes Hotels’ highly experienced head chef Daniel Winstanley, the fully accredited course allows the students to hone chef skills whilst earning a wage with the hotel group. New recruit Maria says:  “It’s obviously not been the easiest time for school leavers like us but I knew I wanted to become a chef, so the academy is providing […]

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