Caterplus announces graduate chefs in homeless training initiative

12 August 2010 by
Caterplus announces graduate chefs in homeless training initiative

Care caterer Caterplus ]( announced the graduation of four people from its ‘Can Cook Will Cook' catering training programme, run in association with homelessness charity [St Mungo's.](

During the ten week programme staff from the Milton Keynes based-caterer taught four St Mungo's service-users about health, nutrition and food preparation to assist them in gaining future employment.

Following the final challenge to prepare a Greek-themed banquet for 25 people at a presentation ceremony in Stockwell, South London, the four trainee chefs have the opportunity to be selected for an advanced training programme leading to a paid apprenticeship with Caterplus.

Paul Robottom, director at Caterplus said: "As St Mungo's catering provider, we are firmly committed to providing more than just food and this programme continues to be a successful way we are helping to meet St Mungo's objectives of getting people into long term work.

"The course has been a massive hit with everyone involved and feedback from the trainees has been brilliant."

Trainee chef Alan has been living at a St Mungo's hostel in Covent Garden since summer 2009. He said: "I mentioned I enjoyed cooking and sure enough, the next day they gave me information about this catering course. I applied there and then. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, learning basic knife skills, food hygiene and learning all about different foods."

After graduating, Alan is hoping to be interviewed for the advanced course: "I'd love to do this in the future."

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By Janie Stamford

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