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Belfast Restaurant Shu Launches Chef Apprentice Programme In Partnership With Belfast Metropolitan College

Published on Aug 12 2021 11:35 AM in Restaurant tagged: Trending Posts / Belfast Metropolitan College / Shu Restaurant / Shu

Belfast Restaurant Shu Launches Chef Apprentice Programme In Partnership With Belfast Metropolitan College

Belfast restaurant Shu has launched a chef apprentice programme in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College. As reported by The Irish News, the programme offers three aspiring chefs between th...

Belfast restaurant Shu has launched a chef apprentice programme in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College.

As reported by The Irish News, the programme offers three aspiring chefs between the ages of 16 and 24 aged the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working in a professional kitchen while ultimately working towards gaining a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in professional cookery.

Shu, which is located on the Lisburn Road in Belfast, is owned and operated by Alan Reid and Brian McCann.

The apprenticeship programme has reportedly been launched within Shu's "Centre for Cooking Excellence", which is reportedly headed up by McCann and Matt Jordan.

The programme reportedly start on September 1 and runs for 35 weeks. Participants will reportedly spend three days a week in the Shu kitchen learning classical French and modern European-inspired cooking, and two days a week at college learning the theory and practical elements of the job within the Belfast Metropolitan College curriculum.

McCann Statements

The Irish News quotes McCann as saying, "At Shu, we are passionate about nurturing our team and our apprentices to help them push their own boundaries in providing exceptional cookery.

"I started my career as an apprentice chef so I understand the challenges and apprehensions that young people have at the beginning.

"We have made this a fun, fantastic programme which is hard work, but also hugely rewarding and gets the apprentices right into the thick of it from day one.

"Leaving COVID aside, which has obviously made the past year particularly challenging, we feel that there is a real shortage of skilled staff in what is a very successful and growing hospitality industry in Northern Ireland.

"That creates a massive opportunity for the next generation seeking a career in what will continue to be a growing sector of our economy.

"We wanted to break the mould, and show young people what a fantastic industry this is and with the right skills and training we will give them the gift of being able to work anywhere in the world.

"We have had many young cooks come through our kitchen, some of whom have gone on to work in some of the world's most renowned restaurants."

McCann reportedly added, "I want to urge any young cook who has a real passion and determination to succeed in this industry to get in touch and apply for this amazing opportunity. No experience is necessary, but the right attitude is essential."

Head Of Belfast Business School At Belfast Metropolitan College Statement

The Irish News quotes head of Belfast Business School at Belfast Metropolitan College Fiona Dempsey as saying, "These apprentices will receive their City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in professional cookery, and of course the money-can't-buy experience that they now have on their CV."

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