CELEBRITY chef Marco Pierre White has shared his wisdom with a group of apprentices in Bury St Edmunds.
The TV personality and restaurateur, who owns The Angel, in Lavenham, held a masterclass cookery demonstration at Greene King to help launch the brewery’s apprenticeship programme.
While cooking a sea bass at the company’s social club, he gave advice to six aspiring Greene King chefs and one former apprentice turned area chef, who had travelled from across the country.
In an interview with the Bury Free Press about the benefits of apprenticeships in a stuttering economy, Marco, who started his career as an apprentice, said: “Any young man or woman stepping into my industry, I would recommend they firstly find the right establishment close to where they live. Secondly, they go into full time employment not to catering college because by the time you finish your course you’re not prepared for the real world. If they want qualifications, go on day release.
“The knowledge you obtain as a young person is your passport for life which will find you the right jobs and put you in a position where you can put a roof over your family’s head and food on the table. If you don’t care about how much you’re going to be paid or the hours then you’re half way to getting to the top already.”
Greene King’s Discovery Apprenticeship programme aims to train and develop employees across the company’s 2,400 pubs.
More than 250 employees have already completed apprenticeships and 425 are in training with plans to extend the programme to a further 1,300 next year.