Talbot Collection Relaunches Trainee Chef Development Programme

By Dave Simpson
Talbot Collection Relaunches Trainee Chef Development Programme

The Talbot Collection's training programme for trainee chefs will return for 2022.


Running in conjunction with Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB), all trainees will receive a salary, accommodation, meals, and transport for the duration of the 25-week programme. The aim of the programme is to help trainee chefs learn, progress, and excel in their careers.

Following the programme, they will have the opportunity to learn and work on the job with a team of chefs in at one of The Talbot Collection's six hotels: Talbot Hotel Wexford, Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Talbot Hotel Carlow, Midleton Park Hotel, Oriel House Hotel or the Talbot Hotel Clonmel. This will be a continued permanent, full-time, and salaried contract as a junior commis chef. Throughout their time on the job, candidates will receive continuous development by way of on the job training and experience, as well as additional online modules. They will also have the opportunity at the end of this tenure to take part in the Level 6 National Commis Chef Programme.


Nigel Corbett, head chef of the Talbot Collection Wexford, said of the training, "We spent several months last year carefully creating and developing this programme to ensure that participants receive the highest level of training from some of the most skilled professionals. The success of last year's programme and the talent and creativity produced was instrumental in our decision to relaunch the course this year, it really is a brilliant opportunity for anyone seeking to further their career as a chef in the hospitality industry."

Group managing director of the Talbot Collection Philip F. Gavin said he is extremely proud of the work that has gone into the training programme, and, "I had the pleasure of visiting the trainees on site last year in one of the training centres and to say I was excited and proud at what I experienced is an understatement! This training programme remains the first of its kind in Ireland and we're hopeful that other businesses and groups will follow suit and start to invest in our hospitality industry in a similar way. The experience and practical skills that these trainee chefs are learning are truly second to none and after the success of last year's programme I am very excited to see the talent that will emerge from this year’s programme."

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