Meet Ben – one of our School of Food Master Chefs

Ben Rodd, pastry chef, St Monica Trust I’ve been a pastry chef for over 12 years and, in that time, have progressed from a commis chef to a head pastry chef role. This has helped me become an ambitious, passionate and enthusiastic pastry chef and baker. I studied the NVQ Level 1 and 2 in food service and preparation at …

Spotlight – Adrian Kirikmaa

Tell us a bit about yourself I’m a born and bred Bristolian, and a chef who enjoys music. I love food! From a young age I enjoyed food, and I believe that each meal should be a great experience when you use fresh ingredients. I’m passionate about the sustainability of foods and work with FareShare, who are fighting hunger and …

Spotlight – Charlie Urry

Tell us a bit about yourself I’m Charlie – lead chef trainer at The School of Food Bristol, a full-time dad and part-time chef. I was a head chef in Cardiff at only 21 and have travelled the world by ‘cheffing’ in professional kitchens around the world. Where have you worked/what work experience did you do? Where do I start?! …

The School of Food providing solutions to chef shortage

The School of Food is the brainchild of renowned local chefs Josh Eggleton and Adrian Kirikmaa. The duo decided that to address the chef shortage, apprenticeship training had to be more exciting, innovative and inspiring. And so, backed by Ofsted outstanding-rated and Bristol Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Weston College, The School of Food was born. And just a year …

School of Food impacting the local hospitality scene

Bristol-based chef apprenticeship programme, The School of Food, is tackling the local skills shortage head on. The innovative training course launched last year but already boasts numerous success stories. Students have completed apprenticeships at high profile restaurants across Bristol and the South West, as well as being nominated for prestigious awards. One of those success stories is Elliott, who aims …

School of Food Innovative chef apprenticeship programme for regional award

Innovative chef apprenticeship programme up for regional award

An innovative chef training programme jointly run by Weston College has been shortlisted for a regional award. The School of Food – an apprenticeship programme designed to tackle the local skills shortage – is in the running for ‘best initiative’ in the Crumbs Magazine Awards. Crumbs describes itself as “the South West’s most gorgeous, inspirational and practical food and drink …

5 Great Employers Working With The School of Food

Our School of Food partnership gives apprentices access to the very best chefs and businesses across the South West. Here is just a handful of the many amazing businesses we work with… Ashton Gate Stadium Rookery Manor St Monica’s Trust Bristol Marriott The Pony & Trap

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 We’re more than learning on the job We get out of …

5 Simple Kitchen Hacks From The School of Food

Our School of Food apprenticeship scheme is helping to inspire the next generation of chefs, but everyone has to start somewhere! Here are our favourite simple kitchen hacks to help you cook up a storm… Use dental floss to cut cakes This might sound crazy, but dental floss is ideal for getting perfectly straight cuts in cake. Make sure you …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Being A Chef

There are so many cooking and hospitality programmes dominating television – from Bake Off and Come Dine With Me to MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen. But have you ever wondered what it would really be like to work in the industry? You can travel the world You never stop learning It’s not like the TV programmes You’ll probably work long hours …