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Shu launches crème de la crème of chef apprenticeships

Former Great British Menu star and Shu head chef Brian McCann pictured with Christine Brown, head of Belfast Business School at Belfast Metropolitan College and Shu owner Alan Reid

Do you know your sauté from your simmer? Or your baste from your blanch? Do you have a passion for all things culinary and an ability to rival any young Masterchef hopeful?

If so, and you are aged between 16 and 24 andlooking for a serious career in chefing, then Shu restaurant in Belfast wants to hear from you.

For the first time ever, Shu is opening the doors of its multi-award winning kitchen to four of the best young cooks in Northern Ireland as it launches a chef apprentice programme in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College.

Famed for its classical French and modern European-style cuisine, the Lisburn Road establishment won the highly coveted title of Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland at the UK National Restaurant Awards for three consecutive years (2012-2014) and is listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland among a host of other accolades.

The apprenticeship programme has been launched within Shu’s renowned ‘Centre for Cooking Excellence’, led by head chef and former Great British Menu star Brian McCann.

He said: “At Shu we are serious about nurturing, inspiring and shaping the very best talent entering the hospitality industry, to help them become exceptional chefs able to work anywhere in the world.

“This apprenticeship programme is a brilliant opportunity for four young people who aren’t afraid of hard work and have a genuine desire to work as a professional chef.

“I urge any young cook who has a real passion and determination to succeed in this industry to get in touch and apply for this amazing opportunity. No experience is necessary, but the right attitude is essential.”

The year-long Shu chef apprenticeship programme commences on September 1. Students will spend three days working in the Shu kitchen learning classical French and Modern European-inspired cooking.

They will also spend two days at college, learning the theory and practical elements of the job within the Belfast Met curriculum. The programme is 35 hours a week and will be paid, with chef’s whites provided.

Christine Brown, head of Belfast Business School at Belfast Metropolitan College said: “A collaboration like this which allows employer engagement at its centre is critical to the college and maximises opportunities for careers in the industry.

“It also ensures that our curriculum meets the needs of the industry and gives the next generation of employees the real-job skills to succeed in the workplace.”

On successful completion of the apprenticeship students will receive a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

Application forms are now available. To apply for the apprenticeship programme email apprenticeship@Shu-restaurant.com or visit www.Shu-restaurant.com/chef-apprentice-programme/

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