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Bristol food businesses open kitchens to young chefs

By hannah cornford, Thursday Oct 11, 2018

Young people taking part in the How To Be A Chef training programme have been experiencing life in the kitchens of some of Bristol’s best known food businesses.

The opportunities have been created as part of the 12-week training programme from the Square Food Foundation and Bristol24/7 as part of the Better Bristol initiative.

Young chefs Josh, Sam, Letisha and Will are just over four weeks into the course and have already undertaken work placements at Bellita, Spike Island Cafe and the Bristol Folk House cafe.

They are very committed to the course and all recently passed their Level 2 Food and Hygiene Certificate with flying colours. As Letisha explains: “I come back every week because I like cooking. And it’s given me something to do, otherwise I’d be stuck at home. I just wish it was on more days of the week.”

A visit and factory tour to Bristolian institution, Bart Ingredients, is coming up soon, along with more opportunities at Bravas, Fosters Event Catering and Boston Tea Party.

“It just astounds me how much we cover in a day when we do this course,” adds Josh. “I feel valued. If I have a question, if I want to know something, people respect that and actually try to give me answers.”

Culinary techniques covered in the course include baking, bread making, working with dairy, cheese and eggs, and preserving and pickling. Most of the learning is done in the Square Food Foundation’s kitchen at The Park in Knowle West and out and about at places like Chew Magna’s Community Farm.

As Will says: “It’s one of those things where you go from knowing nothing to knowing something. It’s such a good feeling when you know something.”

If you are aged between 16 and 25 and have an interest in food and cooking, register your interest for the next How To Be A Chef, starting April 2019, by visiting www.squarefoodfoundation.co.uk/how-to-be-a-chef

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