City food champion Eat Sheffield this week launches its search for the Young Chef of the Year, in partnership with the Sheffield Telegraph.
Among those backing the award is head chef Alan Rigby, a committed supporter of young talent, who this week took his concerns about training to the top, when he represented the catering industry at a round-the- table discussion with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
“The time and investment we put into training apprentices is vital in ensuring the ongoing success of the British food industry,” says Alan.
“But it’s important to recognise that not all people learn at the same pace and we shouldn’t alienate a potential workforce through lack of patience or support.”
It’s a point of pride for Alan that his entire team at the Cross Scythes, Totley, has been trained by him, from entry level or straight out of college. Junior sous chef Jack Windsor, aged 18, was one of three joint winners of Young Chef of the Year 2012.
Head chefs are asked to nominate their up-and-coming stars for this year’s honours. The result will be a highlight of October’s Eat Sheffield Awards.
For more details: Eat Sheffield or email Lesley.Draper@jpress.co.uk