Warewasher specialist Winterhalter is looking to encourage the next culinary generation by supporting a schools-based pop-up restaurant scheme.
The company has provided financial and industry support to the project being led by Danny Gill, of the Great British Menu, and his sous chef, Will Hodson.
Hodson came up with the idea of a pop-up restaurant where young children could get to prepare and cook and then go front of house to serve the food to paying customers.
“This is a cracking way to encourage people into the industry,” said Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter. “It ties in perfectly with what we are doing as part of the KP of the Year competition. We were happy to help Danny and Will and we’d be happy to keep helping if they can get Pop-ups for Schools up and running.”
Hodson said: “We wanted to get kids out of their comfort zone, to show them what real work is and how exciting it can be working in a restaurant. It’s about getting the word out that this industry is not just something to do in the holidays, it’s a legitimate career.”
Gill concluded: “The point is we have to encourage people to join the industry. Lincolnshire is the second biggest county in England and it’s at an all-time low in terms of students going to catering college. Where’s the next generation of chefs, waiters, food and beverage managers, sommeliers and all the others we need coming from?
“If you can show younger kids what it’s really like to work in a kitchen or front of house, you can attract them into the industry.”