Standex Food Service Equipment has reaffirmed its commitment to education and training, within the catering industry, with its participation in the UK Skills Show held at the NEC, Birmingham, during November.
Jointly supported by the Skills’ Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service, the three-day event attracted over 70,000 visitors, increasing the profile of further education, apprenticeships and skills across a wide variety of vocational disciplines.
Standex FSE supported the initiative as a Senior Competition Sponsor by providing 10 grid models from its new generation range of BKI CombiKing ovens. The ovens were used in the cookery area, by members of the UK cooking squad, competing for a place at the World Skills’ Show to be held in Leipzig in July 2013.
Students and young professional chefs, nominated by the UK hospitality industry, cooked set menus and their performance was assessed by leading chefs from around the world. The dishes prepared by the competitors were served to VIP guests at the show, by front of house trainees.
Jaine Bolton, Chief Operating Officer, National Apprenticeship Service and UK Official Delegate to World Skills stated: “We are most grateful for the support received from Standex. The company’s generous contribution of its combi ovens, for the Skills’ Show, provided the squad with the resources to express themselves and demonstrate their talents.”
Standex FSE’s support of the Skills Show comes just a month after its Principal Partner sponsorship of Catering Insight’s inaugural HOT100 awards’ programme, where it championed the Rising Stars’ category.
The HOT100 initiative celebrated the contributions of food service personnel, throughout the industry, with the winners announced at a gala event at One Mayfair, in October.
Standex FSE’s Managing Director, Steve Loughton, stated: “As our industry becomes more globalised, we must recruit and develop the best available talent to ensure the UK retains its stake in the future. We need to promote and encourage excellence in all areas of the food service sector. At Standex, we believe passionately in developing talent for growth, stability and innovation, which is demonstrated by our ongoing support of the next generation of food service professionals.”
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