The Inn Collection Group promotes food champion to tackle national chef shortage

Inn Collection Group

Northern hospitality operator The Inn Collection Group has appointed a new group development chef to bolster its plans to more than double its portfolio by 2022.

The pub co has appointed Richard Moore to the role, promoting the cook from his current position as head chef at the operator’s £4.5m The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth, Northumberland.

Moore also boasts experience at Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Theatre Royal, where he led the kitchen brigade for 11 years.

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He will now focus on nurturing new and existing talent in the Inn Collection Group, across the group’s 10-strong estate.

Moore said: “It’s no secret that there is a chronic shortage of chefs nationally. Long working hours and often unrealistic expectations has seen a dip in young people moving into the hospitality sector.

“The future of the hospitality industry and businesses like The Inn Collection Group lies in the hands of young people coming through. If you have the right environment, training and atmosphere, then people will want to get into the hospitality sector and, more importantly, feel valued and want to stay.”

Moore is already in talks with Northumberland College in Ashington to set up a new chef training programme for The Inn Collection Group and to introduce kitchen apprenticeships to the company, which currently employs 370 staff across its ten-strong sites.

Around 70 more jobs are set to be created with the opening of The Ambleside Inn in Ambleside in December and The Coniston Inn in Coniston in Spring 2020, both in the Lake District. 

The Inn Collection Group’s managing director Sean Donkin said: “Food is massively important for us, and we pride ourselves on the consistently high standard we offer across all our pubs. We make no bones about the fact that we are not about fine dining. We are middle market offering good, honest food freshly prepared, cooked and eaten in intimate and relaxing surroundings.

“Our sales and growth back up this approach, and it’s an approach we are very firm about as we grow.”

The Alchemy-backed group will continue to seek out new development opportunities in the Lake District and Yorkshire as well as within its north east England heartland where the group has inns in Northumberland and County Durham. 

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