Butlers Wharf Chef School has joined forces with two of London's top chefs to create a new scholarship.
John Williams of Claridge's and the Dorchester's Willi Elsener will provide work placements for one day a week during the 12-month scheme.
"It really is a unique start to a career in the industry - to be trained and paired up with famous five-star hotels and their chefs, and to get paid for it," says the school's chef director Gary Witchalls.
Four days a week will be spent at the chef school in London training for qualifications including NVQ level 3, basic food hygiene, first aid and the Butlers Wharf diploma, and helping to run the school's public restaurant, the Apprentice.
Students will receive a living allowance of £8,000, uniforms, training materials and a basic knife set.
Two scholarship places are available and applications, in the form of a three-course menu and a 500-word essay on why the candidate wishes to be a chef, are invited from individuals aged 18-23. Applications should be sent to Gary Witchalls, Chef Director, Butlers Wharf Chef School, Cardamom Building, 31 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YR.