Sparkle, Spice and Archery at Thornbury Castle
The latest Chefs’ Forum event was right on target.
Chefs and suppliers from across the Bristol area gathered at Thornbury Castle Hotel for an afternoon of networking and demonstrations, and to try their hand at archery!
Mark said: “The learners today have been a credit to the industry.
“They are so keen to learn, and hungry to learn, it’s wonderful to get people like them in the kitchen and see the future of catering.”
Devon-based adventure sports company Backwater Adventures then gave guests the chance to try their hand at archery, with a prize of a pair of digital scales from Rubbermaid being awarded to the person with the highest score. The winner of the competition was Phil Leahy, Proprietor of Beeses.
Founder of The Chefs’ Forum Catherine Farinha, explained that the purpose of the Chefs’ Forum was to connect chefs, education and suppliers and highlighted the importance of involving the learners in the events.
“At the moment we have a drive to recruit 50 new apprentices.
“It is about getting young people involved in our industry. We need to go into schools and inspire young people with food.
“By doing this and encouraging the young people the results have been amazing.”
He said: “It’s important that we encourage young people in the industry.
“HIT is a national training provider and we also have a Chefs’ Academy. We liaise with employers and heads of industry to make sure that we keep what we do current.”
Mark added: “As an employer I see the shortfall in people coming into the industry. I don’t see as much energy coming through.
“But it is an amazing industry and everyone I know who is in it, is very proud to be part of it.”
Photography by Kirstie Young: www.kirstieyoungphotography.com