Star invests £24k to tackle pub chef skills 'crisis'

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Star invests £24k to tackle pub chef skills 'crisis'

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Star Pubs & Bars is spending £24,000 on food training workshops to counter the shortage of skilled kitchen staff in the pub industry.

The one-day, practical courses will be free to attend for all Star kitchen staff and licensees hoping to improve their skills.

The four workshops - meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, menu development, and healthy eating and allergens – will run 12 times over the next six months, with 240 pubs set to benefit by 2017.

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director, said: “Food is a massive income opportunity for pubs. Customer expectations are higher than ever and the food has got to be good for licensees to succeed.

“Trained kitchen staff are essential to deliver great food and with a crisis in the availability of qualified people we want to do all we can to make the necessary training available.”

Star has significantly ramped up its chef training over the last year, spending £75,000 on rolling out an independent chef consultancy​ to 100 pubs and launching a five-day residential foundation cookery skills courses for pubs wanting to extend their food offer.

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