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Host teams up with Andrew Fairlie for chef training programme

14 March 2011 by
Host teams up with Andrew Fairlie for chef training programme

Contract caterer Host has announced a formal working partnership with Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie (pictured).

The two-Michelin-starred chef will become trainer and mentor to the caterer's expanding team of head chefs as part of an initiative to develop their food knowledge and provide inspiration.

Key Host personnel will visit the 50-seat Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles for a three- to four-day training course.

Fairlie, who opened the restaurant in 2001, said that the chefs from Host will get involved in the kitchen's normal day-to-day. "I'll be looking at their techniques and they'll be introduced to new ways of cooking and new ingredients. I'm certain they will go home inspired about food and cooking," he explained.

Host chairman Bill Toner added: "The idea is to inspire our chefs and reward them with a fantastic experience at Gleneagles. It will give our chefs a chance to really focus on food and flavours away from the day-to-day pressure of their jobs."

The announcement coincides with the launch of Host's Food Academy initiative which will operate from key service centres and provide a central focus for training, recipe development, ideas for special promotions and best practice across the business.

The Food Academy aims to increase the profile, importance, understanding, standards and awareness of food and service within all aspects of the Host estate.

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By Janie Stamford

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