Restaurant group Giraffe has announced plans to open a new dedicated training academy, called G1, in late October, on the site of its first restaurant in Hampstead.
The training facility aims to teach staff the core values and key skills of the Tesco-owned business, under the tutorship of trainers both front and back of house.
The academy will continue to run as a restaurant with reduced pricing, starters at £3.25, mains £6.25 and desserts £3.25, while wines will range from £10-£15. The menu will regularly change over a four week period to train staff across the entire repertoire of dishes. The kitchen will also run daily specials in addition to experimental items some of which may be rolled out across the group. G1 will close on Mondays for group training and inductions, cook offs and culture days.
Russel Joffe, founder and managing of Giraffe, which is in the process of rolling out in Tesco stores across the country, said: "As we move into our next phase of growth, the new G1 Academy will be the cornerstone of our training programme, fostering talent from all over the UK as well as offer an excellent value dining experience to our local and loyal customers."
Giraffe has also announced a new partnership with People 1st, the sector skills council for the hospitality sector, which runs programmes to help local unemployed people back into work.
Following Watford back in August, two further giraffe restaurants will open by the end of the year in Tesco Extra stores in Cheshunt and Abingdon.