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The Archerfield Young Chefs Certificate of Excellence Award announced

Mon 16 May 22

Another new initiative to address the workforce challenge in the hospitality and tourism sector, by developing chef talent in Scotland, has been announced this week. 

The Archerfield Young Chefs Certificate of Excellence Award, launching in September, is being set up to educate, train and place new young people who will grow into great talent within the industry. Six young people, recruited through an application process, will take on a two-year apprenticeship, under the guidance of Chef Joe Queen. They will be given “real time” experiences across different environments. At the end of their Apprenticeship, they will be guaranteed a position within the Caledonian Heritable Group.

Chef Queen is one of the most recognised figures within the industry having been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from HIT Scotland. He is past President of the Federation of Chefs Scotland and a member of the Springboard Scotland Board. Chef Queen will manage the education wellbeing of the six young candidates, as well as ensuring the candidates gain invaluable experience across the industry, placing them in a variety of properties, so they have the opportunity to gain great knowledge to help them on their career path.

Archerfield is owned by Caledonian Heritable who have a vast variety of restaurants within their portfolio. Archerfield is renowned for its understated quality and service with seventy bedrooms including the magnificent Archerfield House. Two Golf Courses, The Callaway Centre of Excellence, The award-winning Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, and the Magnificent Waterfront Pavilion. Archerfield has created a purpose-built kitchen facility at a cost of £200,000 so the candidates will have a platform designed to ensure they learn the basic skills which will help them develop their career over the two-year period.

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