5 Reasons Why Our School Of Food Is Different

The School of Food is our innovative new apprenticeship scheme, in partnership with founders Josh Eggleton and Adrian Kirikmaa, and St Katherine’s School and Ashton Gate Stadium. It’s a completely different approach to culinary training and apprenticeships. Read on to find out why…


Our apprentices get a professional mentor

All our School of Food apprentices get allocated a top chef to be their mentor, like Josh (Chef Patron at The Pony & Trap) and Adrian (Head Chef at St Monica’s Trust) who both believe that everyone learning to be a chef should have a great role model helping them along the way.

We’re more than learning on the job

Unlike other apprenticeship schemes, the School of Food offers its apprentices the chance to attend regular masterclasses which cover every aspect of each skill. For example, our meat masterclasses began with a class on butchery, followed by classes on how to prepare and cook the meat.

We get out of the classroom

The Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship we offer is based on new apprenticeship standards. Rather than being solely focused on meeting the requirements of a qualification, the standards we follow ensure our apprentices are learning real skills needed by employers, in an actual working environment.

Our facilities and training

School of Food apprentices all have masterclasses delivered from one of our partners. Whether that means taking advantage of our own Grove Training restaurant, with commercial standard facilities, the Leaf at Ham Green or even Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, you’ll get access to the very best!

Progression after the School of Food

Because you’ll be learning all the skills you need (and meeting a lot of important people in the hospitality industry along the way!) you’ll be well-prepared for life after your apprenticeship. Whether this means further study, or a full time job, we are confident that doing our apprenticeship will give you the best opportunities.