Boutique hotel group cooks up plan for 33 new chefs


UK boutique hotel brand Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group is planning to take on no fewer than 33 new chef apprentices across the country as part of its commitment to bring in new talent.

The hotels, renowned for their renowned food and drink offering, are on a mission to get young people excited about a career in catering.

Working closely with HIT Training, the provider of training and apprenticeships for the Hospitality Sector, Malmaison Hotel du Vin’s ultimate aim is to have at least one chef apprentice across each of its 33 properties at all times.

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With an average kitchen brigade of just nine chefs, apprentices will be working closely with the group’s experienced head chefs. Starting with the classic cooking methods and techniques, the 18-month scheme teaches the building blocks for aspiring chefs, and gives them the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals.

For those that show real promise, there is also an opportunity to be selected for the Chef Acadamy. Developed with HIT Training, this enables the most dedicated apprentices to gain additional culinary skills alongside their apprenticeship.

Lindsay Southward, group director of people and development at Malmaison Hotel du Vin’s, said: “Our stylish brasseries and bistros are at the heart of our hotels, and so bringing fresh talent into our kitchens is a big priority for us. With a growing skills gap in the catering sector, our programme is designed to encourage a new generation into the industry, instilling the sense of creativity that fills our kitchens.”

Jill Whittaker, managing director of HIT Training, said the investment from Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group was timely given that 50% of kitchens are struggling to fill vacancies.

“Apprenticeships are a practical solution to the skills shortage in the industry,” she said. “With intermediate, advanced and higher qualifications available, there are opportunities for aspiring chefs at any age or level to develop their skills and forge a successful career. As a sector we should all work together to encourage more people to enter the kitchen through training and apprenticeship schemes.”

There are 13 Malmaison properties and 16 Hotel du Vin properties in the UK.


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