Carluccio's opens in-house training academy above Islington restaurant

By Peter Ruddick

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Antonio Carluccio has opened a new training academy at his Carluccio's site in Islington
Antonio Carluccio has opened a new training academy at his Carluccio's site in Islington
Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's has invested £250k in a new, in-house chef training academy above its Upper Street restaurant in Islington.

The academy, which will be able to accommodate up to 12 chefs at any one time, will include a training kitchen, video-linked classrooms and will form part of the company's intensive chef training programme.


Simon Kossoff, Carluccio’s chief executive, said the academy would help improve standards across its growing estate of hospitality operations.

“We are tremendously excited by our new training academy as it means we can offer best-in-class development and training to our team at all levels and, in particular, support our commitment to producing most of our food fresh from scratch in each store."

The announcement makes the firm, founded in 1999, the latest hospitality business to make the move into in-house chef training with a number of hotels in particular choosing to improve consistency and standards with an academy.


The Carluccio's academy will use internet-based video technology to allow courses and modules to be broadcast direct to Carluccio’s restaurants
in the UK and abroad so other team members can watch the training sessions live.

Chefs at the chain currently undergo a programme which includes a 14-week NVQ-certified course while head chefs spend three weeks every year at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners chef's school in Piedmonte.

Carluccio’s currently operates 67 restaurants in the UK and seven venues around the globe with plans, announced earlier this year,​ to grow to 100 site in the UK by 2015 and double its international presence.

Carluccio's is currently recruiting for a number of chef and front of house positions - for more details and to apply visit BigHospitality jobs here.

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