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Thu 16 Feb, 2011

Ashburton Cookery School launches
Chefs Academy for tomorrow’s Head Chefs

Head Chef Training

The award-winning Ashburton Cookery School in Devon is launching the Ashburton Chefs Academy which is designed to help prepare the next generation of inspirational head chefs for the demands of the 21st century catering and restaurant industry.

Aimed at aspiring chefs, the Ashburton Chefs Academy flagship course, which is the accredited six-month Professional Culinary Diploma, will equip students with the knowledge and skills to cook at the highest level as well as providing management and business training to launch a career as a head chef.

A team of professional chef tutors with a wealth of head chef experience will deliver the course at the new and purpose built cookery school in the picturesque Georgian town of Ashburton, on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.

The intensive six-month course moves beyond the basic core skills training offered by other courses.

The Chef Director at Ashburton Cookery School, Darrin Hosegrove, says that the new Academy will play an important role in developing the UK’s next generation of chef talent: “We will, of course, be teaching students to cook to the highest levels, but we also develop the skills required by the modern head chef such as building valuable relationships with food producers, inspiring your team in the kitchen, business skills, wine tasting and food ethics as well as the life skills that are essential to ensure a long and successful career. It is this approach which makes this 100 day course unique.”

Devon is home to some of the UK’s most renowned chefs but the food and catering industry is suffering a skills shortage. Darrin Hosegrove says that the Chefs Academy will provide the food and restaurant industry with multi-skilled, inspirational chefs of the future: “This new Academy and the course it offers will appeal to those who want to be the elite in the industry. To be the best in such a competitive and pressurised world you have to be trained in the necessary skills so that you can run a kitchen like a business. We have a talented team of experienced tutors who can mentor tomorrow’s head chefs and help to prepare them for the demands of the industry.”

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Notes to Editors

Ashburton Cookery School is an award winning cookery school based at Ashburton close to the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. It offers more than forty cookery courses beginners to the more experienced cook. The courses are delivered by a team of six chef tutors at state of the art kitchens at the centre in Ashburton.

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