The Butcher’s Social at The Forest Hotel in Dorridge has welcomed three trainees, which include a live-in placement and the opportunity to work in a London-based Michelin Star restaurant. Working with the Birmingham College of Food at the University College Birmingham, in order to identify suitable recruits, The Butcher’s Social is investing in a training programme to ensure high standards of food and service offering, and provide clear career paths with exciting opportunities for young people with aspirations to carve out a career in the hospitality industry.
Top chef hopefuls Hannah Jenkins, Jamie Mcleod and Finn Ladbrooke will be combining their studies with hands-on experience leading to positions at a respected establishment, which has been a staple of the local community and a destination for visitors from far and wide for decades. The Forest Hotel came under new ownership from local investors Russell Martin, Darryl Eales, and chef Mike Bullard in May, introducing The Butcher’s Social, an established dining brand founded 10 years ago by Bullard.
Finn Ladbrooke has joined The Butcher’s Social following two years’ training at the College of Food, and has already been undertaking hands-on activities within the kitchen. Hannah Jenkins is halfway through a degree course in Culinary Arts Management at the Birmingham College of Food at the UCB, and will be living in at The Forest to be able to fully immerse herself in operations from all aspects of front of house and back of house operations, to support her studies.
Hannah said: “I’m excited about this opportunity and incredibly appreciative of it. Being able to live-in will allow me to truly understand the workings of a venue offering everything from accommodation to quality dining and private events such as weddings. The experience will be invaluable for my degree course and my portfolio – as well as potentially allowing me to step into a role at the end of my studies.”
Following, and completing the trio, is 16-year-old Jamie Mcleod, whose placement starts at The Butcher’s Social in September to coincide with the start of his NVQ studies at UCB in Professional Cookery. Jamie will have the opportunity to receive world-class training in a Michelin star restaurant in London, thanks to Mike’s links with the industry.
Bullard said: “As a chef who went into the industry in his teens, and who has worked in a variety of settings, including Michelin starred restaurants in New York, I know what it is like to have the passion to work in this industry and how the right training and opportunities are such significant factors in growing that passion and nurturing talent. The hospitality industry has undergone unprecedented turbulence in the last year, but for those who are still interested in pursuing a career in an industry that is difficult and fast-paced – but incredibly exciting and rewarding – there are still some great opportunities and we want to be at the forefront of them.
“Our mission is to develop talent for the good of the industry and our customers, to ensure we continue to stand for high quality food and great service in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and setting. We can’t wait to embed our new recruits here at The Butcher’s Social at The Forest, and we’ll be continuing our partnership with the College of Food to continue to support and nurture young talent.”
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