Headed by Paul Mannering and run by chef trainers, Martin Black and Suzanne Grant, the new training programme aims to provide apprentices with the highest quality training, development and learning in the industry.
The syllabus includes subjects such as knife skills, stocks, cold presentation, patisserie, kitchen management, flavour profiles and team work.
Samantha Addison, sector manager for HIT, the country’s leading catering and hospitality training company, said: “Apprenticeships have a vital role to play in training the next generation of chefs.
“By launching the HIT Chef Academy we hope to offer more chefs the opportunity to build a successful career in the hospitality industry and to invest in their training and development for the benefit of both the chefs and their employers.”
The apprentices involved were Tom Armstrong from The Old Mill Inn at Dearham, Tracey Brown from Marco & Carl in Preston, James Ashworth from The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster, Joshuah Lowrey from Bransty Arch in Whitehaven, Lucy Campbell from Curlew Crafts in Ingleton
Jemma Stead from Curlew Crafts in Ingleton, Jessica Wickington from The Hollywood Star in Burnley, Ruth Seggie from Mr Browns in Brampton, Josh Tyldesley, currently between roles, Hannah Sherwood from The Cornerstone Café in Carlisle and Lucia Lipscombe from The Halston Aparthotel in Carlisle.