A new group of 31 chefs from foodservice firm BaxterStorey have graduated from its award-winning Chef Academy training programme.
The occasion was marked with a ceremony at the British Medical Association House in London.
BaxterStorey has now qualified 219 chefs through its Academy and this year's students were awarded for achieving a variety of specialist qualifications including Culinary Arts, Chef Diploma and Chef Certificate.
More than 130 people attended the high-profile event including guest speaker, Monica Galetti, senior sous chef at Le Gavroche and co-presenter and judge on BBC Two's MasterChef UK: The Professional's.
Graham Eveleigh, head of skills development, BaxterStorey, said: "Our Chef Academy provides focused and dedicated training to front line teams to help them develop, progress and build a career for life. Because people are at the heart of everything we do, we invest heavily in training to ensure our staff become the best in their profession, equipping them with the essential leadership and managerial skills to support a career progression.
"The Chef Academy has provided its graduates with a strong foundation to succeed in the industry, from technical to financial skills. The Graduation Ceremony is a great way to acknowledge the young, fresh talent we are proud to have at BaxterStorey and celebrate our chefs' commitment to creating innovative menus with the freshest, locally sourced produce."
At the graduation ceremony, individual chefs were praised for their outstanding achievement in three categories. The 'Student of the Year' Award was presented to BaxterStorey's Katie Wyatt (Chef Diploma) at Oracle 510 and Candace Dunn (Culinary Arts Programme) at GE Capital, the Ark also took the title.