Lexington Catering has launched a chef school in partnership with Elior's Business & Industry (B&I) strand in London for employees wanting to pursue a career as a chef.
The nine-month programme has been designed to give employees such as kitchen porters, general assistants and commis chefs the opportunity to learn the basics in cooking techniques and theory.
The new chef development school has been based on an existing Elior chef school in Grantham, Lincolnshire and will involve monthly training sessions in college.
Participants will also visit markets with the team and carry out practical work experience to put their skills to the test.
Mike Sunley, CEO of Lexington and Elior's City B&I business said: "The new school will support Lexington and Elior in retaining some incredibly talented individuals across the London business. Not only will it give our team the opportunity to progress into a chef role but it will work alongside Lexington's existing apprenticeship programme and partnership with Galvin Restaurants to address the skills shortage in the kitchen."
Nabil Saadi works as a commis chef at Lexington and signed up to the school to pursue his passion for cooking.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to learning new skills from such knowledgeable chefs and having the opportunity to get to know other colleagues across the business. It will be a great chance to enjoy new challenges and projects on my own and as part of a team."
A total of 10 people started their training at the start of this week (14 November).