Peter Gorton backs new Restaurant Academy

By Luke Nicholls

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The Restaurant Academy team with general manager and Synergy's chief executive Gavin Jones (centre)
The Restaurant Academy team with general manager and Synergy's chief executive Gavin Jones (centre)
Chef Peter Gorton is backing an innovative new Restaurant Academy in Plymouth designed to combine modern brasserie dining with a centre of excellence that will launch the careers of the next generation of young hospitality professionals.

The Devon-based chef, who owns Gorton's Diner's Club and Restaurant in Tavistock, has been advising on the menus for the bold new venture opened by skills training agency, Synergy.

"This is a very exciting venture and one I am equally excited to be supporting as I believe it will make a real difference to hospitality skills training both in Plymouth and across the region," said Gorton.

“Businesses throughout Devon are crying out for well-trained skilled chefs and other food and drink staff to maintain the great tradition we have in this part of the world for quality restaurants and bistros.

"You only have to look at the number of well-known chefs who have chosen Devon as a base for new ventures to recognise that.

“This new restaurant academy will help plug that skills gap in what is an ever growing sector and I believe it is the kind of business model that in the future will become the established route for young aspiring chefs looking to use as a springboard to a successful career in the industry."

Hospitality apprenticeship

Situated in the former 5-11 bistro in Millbay Road in the centre of the city, the new training academy that will also run as a working restaurant offering, breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Matthew Bishop, who has worked with Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton, has been recruited as the head chef.

The academy is recruiting a total of six chefs, aged 16 to 21, and nine front-of-house staff, aged 18 to 23, who will be trained in waiting tables and learning bar and barista skills.

Chef Peter Gorton (right) with Academy head chef Matt Bishop and Apprentice Daniel Dean

They will be enrolled onto Synergy's wide range of Level 2 Apprenticeship programmes covering hospitality, which includes diplomas in professional cookery, food production and cooking, and food and beverage.

Synergy’s chief executive Gavin Jones, who came up with the idea, said: "I am thrilled that we have such a distinguished industry professional in Peter Gorton supporting this venture.

“His knowledge and expertise, both as a respected chef and a consultant will be invaluable in helping to establish the Restaurant Academy as a real centre of excellence, with a reputation for moulding the finest hospitality professionals in the business."

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