They were invited to visit Low Wood Bay and Waterhead hotels on the shores of Lake Windermere as well as The Wild Boar Inn in the nearby Gilpin Valley.
The tour was organised by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues in advance of its new Culinary Academy training initiative which launches in September and provided an opportunity for the group to get a feel for how a hotel kitchen works, see how each different venue operates and pose questions to the chefs and culinary staff
Run in partnership with well-known local chef Steven Doherty, the Academy scheme is a two-year apprenticeship which trains young people to become commis chefs while employed by the group.
“With the first group of students for the English Lakes Culinary Academy due to commence training later this year, we are undertaking a range of activities to give potential recruits valuable taster sessions like these where they can actually see how kitchen teams work together on a daily basis,” said Doherty.
Jamie Hardy, 18, a member of the group who has just started working at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe as a general assistant after completing his studies at Lancaster & Morecambe College, added: “It was good. I had a great time and it really fired me up!”
The Culinary Academy is fully accredited to deliver the commis chef apprenticeship standard and involves working under the the hotel group’s own head chefs with one day a week dedicated to offsite training with Mr Docherty.