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Twelve budding cookery students to gain apprenticeship with chef Niall McKenna

 The apprenticeship scheme is in its third year
John Monaghan

TWELVE budding cookery students are to be offered an apprenticeship with one of Northern Ireland's top chefs.

The students will begin their placement in the autumn with award-winning chef Niall McKenna at the James Street South Group, which includes Hadskis, the Bar and Grill and The Cookery School.

It will be the third year of the scheme, which is endorsed by the Department for the Economy, and is open to 16-24 year olds who will combine the hands-on experience with two days per week attendance at Belfast Metropolitan College.

Niall McKenna (left) from James Street South alongside Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, apprentices Dylan Turner and Stephanie Tinsley, and Jonathan Heggarty from Belfast Met

Three of last year's students have secured full-time employment with James Street South and Mr McKenna has described it as "a unique opportunity to develop skills in one of Northern Ireland’s fastest growing industries".

"This is geared for aspiring chefs who have the determination to succeed, learning from leaders in the industry and cooking with local produce to create the dining experience that James Street South is famous for."

Anyone interested in the apprentice scheme should submit applications by August 28, with interviews due to take place in the first week of September.

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