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New Bradford College Chef Academy Launched with MyLahore Restaurants
A new chef academy specialising in British Asian cuisine is set to enhance the Catering & Hospitality training on offer at Bradford College.
By: Bradford College
Fifteen students will learn the art of fusion cooking from experts at MyLahore, working at Bradford College and in restaurant settings, while gaining a Level 2 Professional Cookery qualification.
MyLahore Academy trainees and students on other catering programmes will benefit from monthly masterclasses covering pasties to authentic curries. The masterclasses will be delivered at Bradford College and in restaurant kitchens by MyLahore professionals.
Academy students will also participate in the 'Plan to Plate' challenge – a competition to create an original dish that could be served at MyLahore restaurants and may even feature on the menu if popular with customers.
At the end of the one-year programme, Academy trainees will attend a special graduation celebration, after which they will have the chance to gain full-time employment at MyLahore restaurants, progress in the catering industry, or continue to Level 3 training at Bradford College.
Furkan Uddin, Head of Department for Professional Services at Bradford College, said:
"Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for students to learn at the forefront of culinary innovation, but it delivers sought-after skills needed in a booming sector and which appeals to a local demographic and jobs market."
Since the bounce-back of the hospitality sector post-pandemic, many bars and restaurants across the UK have struggled to fill crucial roles. Job vacancies reached 146,000 between November 2022 and January 2023, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - 72% higher than those recorded pre-pandemic - making aspirational and targeted education in the field more vital than ever.
Rooted in Yorkshire, MyLahore British Asian Kitchen (https://www.mylahore.co.uk/
The Academy induction masterclass in September will be delivered by Ghafoor Farooq, who began his journey at Bradford College before progressing to Food & Innovation Director at MyLahore. Ghafoor said:
"This innovative education collaboration is an exciting new development for MyLahore and Bradford College. Given there is an urgent sector-wide call for more specialists with skills in international cuisine, we're confident the MyLahore Academy will help shape talent to fill skill shortages in the UK workforce and lead to real paid employment in our restaurants."
Find out more about the Catering & Hospitality training (https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/