TOP chef Peter Gorton has closed his Tavistock restaurant and moving into The Loft Plymouth to open a training academy for young people. The Michelin star chef, who has run several restaurants and a hotel during his 34 year career, wants to pass his skills on to the next generation.
Peter explained: “I’m developing the hospitality division for a training company called JTJ Workplace Solutions.
“At the moment they run training modules in construction and retail and now I’m teaming up with them.”
The training academy will work as a fully functioning cafe/bistro with 20 trainees learning the ropes in the kitchen and front of house, as well as learning theory and other subjects such as maths and English. Aimed at 19 to 24 year-olds, the 12 week course, with a further six week placement, will furnish the trainees with qualifications and confidence.
“This will give these young people the flexibility to go in to all sorts of things,” he said.
“The thing about running a kitchen is you have to be disciplined and to wait on tables you have to look neat and tidy.
“These people might go on to be a builder or work in care home, but the thing about working in hospitality is these people will develop a lot of transferable skills they may not currently have.
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