Electrolux launches inaugural ‘Chef Academy’


Catering equipment brand Electrolux today announced it will give three culinary graduates a unique opportunity to spend a year working with Michelin chefs.

The Swedish manufacturer revealed details of its plans for the inaugural ‘Electrolux Chef Academy’ at an event at London’s Westminter Kingsway College this morning.

The competition offers culinary colleges around the UK the chance to nominate their most promising third-year student for a place on a 12-month paid programme, including lodgings, in a trio of the country’s top restaurants.

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Working under the watchful eye of acclaimed chefs Tom Kitchin in Edinburgh, Simon Hulstone in Torquay and Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias in Bristol, the winning trio will spend four months in each restaurant to help them develop their career paths.

Vanessa Holloway, Electrolux trade marketing manager at Electrolux, said that following an initial application process, shortlisted graduates would battle it out in a final at Kingsway College’s Electrolux training kitchen in June.

“Electrolux has been proudly supporting professional kitchens for nearly a century, with almost 50% of Michelin star restaurants in Europe using our appliances,” she said. “It therefore seemed a natural step to support the next generation of chefs at an even earlier stage.”

The winning graduates will begin their placements in September.

Holloway said this morning that Electrolux is aiming for the ‘Chef Academy’ to be an annual competition, with more top chefs and restaurants likely to be involved next year.

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