Apprentices cook for place on pub chain menu

Apprentices cook for place on pub chain menu

Northern pub chain JW Lees chose our Aspire Restaurant for the third year running for its Chef Maestro competition where apprentices win the chance to get their dish on their employer’s menu.

Five out of 16 competitors were from the College’s apprenticeship programme, including Level 3 learners Catering Apprentice of the Year Holly Jackson and Jordan Martin-Brickhill, and Level 2 distinction certificate holders David Cadman, with brother and sister Robyn and Jake McQuaid who both work together at the Millgate in Failsworth.

Food Development Manager at JW Lees, Anson Bolton, said: “We’re very pleased with what has been put on the menu for the cook-off today. Trafford College has brilliant facilities and really supportive staff. Aspire Restaurant has fantastic surroundings that really work well for us. Level 2 learners here really come on in leaps and bounds and we also choose the College for our Level 3s, learning the management side of things.”

Apprentices from 42 JW Lees pub, inns and hotels within the 150-strong chain were invited to enter the Chef Maestro competition by submitting a costed three course menu - with eight teams of two getting through.

Apprentice Commis Chef at the Millgate Jake McQuaid said: “It been a really good experience to see how other chefs cook. I don’t feel that I’ve got an unfair advantage from training here on my apprenticeship, it was an even playing field today.”

Sister Robyn said: “Although we don’t cook at home together, I’ve been working with my brother for years so I’m happy to be in his team, although I’m the boss. I would recommend an apprenticeship at Trafford College, one hundred percent! The tutors here are amazing.”