Rebecca Atkinson from Heysham, Maria Cheetham from Haverigg and Jonny Marriott from Staveley (all 17) graduated with flying colors from the English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues Culinary Academy. This gives them all an NVQ Level 2 Production Manager qualification.
Having left school in 2020, the three interns wanted to pursue a career in the hotel industry. The training allowed them to hone their chef skills while earning a salary in the hotel group. Rebecca was based at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Maria at the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Jonny at the Wild Boar Inn.
Under the tutelage of English Lakes Hotels’ highly experienced chef, Daniel Winstanley, the Culinary Academy offers a fully accredited apprenticeship program for young people over 16 to train as a clerk, with the course being taught in partnership with Kendal College.
Daniel Winstanley explains: “All three students have done brilliantly, especially in the context of the pandemic and the various restrictions along the way. It’s a testament to them that their respective chefs made it clear that they wanted them to continue working for them. Rebecca’s commitment to the course has been exceptional and she has been recognized by the team at The Midland for their hard work and commitment. When an opportunity arose to serve an outside function, Rebecca jumped at the chance and really shone.
“Maria got a well-deserved distinction in one of her final exam elements. She started out in baking and cold entrees in Low Wood Bay’s extremely busy kitchen, often exceeding 500 place settings a day, but was never fazed.
“Jonny’s confidence has grown, which is well demonstrated in a culinary challenge where students work independently under exam-like conditions. He is now responsible for the very popular afternoon tea at the Wild Boar Inn and has more responsibility for evening service and supervision.