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BBPA and BII work together on chef shortage solutions


Two leading trade organisations have joined forces to fight the shortage of chefs and improve chef skills for those working in the pub and bar sector.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have been working together on behalf of their members to find solutions to tackle the growing concern of chef shortage issues that operator face as the growth in eating out continues to rise – and to highlight the huge opportunities for young people in the sector.

“With the eating out market growing at around 2.8%, and further growth expected in 2015, we need to take action to attract and train young chefs who can develop their skills and as our sector continues to be at the forefront of this trend,” said Brigid Simmons, Chief Executive, BBPA.

The BBPA has created a sharp, engaging video to inspire young people to pursue a pub chef career. Launched on 16th February, the film, a snapshot of the fast-paced arena of the pub kitchen, will be promoted around schools, colleges, and universities to help raise awareness of the opportunities and aid in recruiting the most promising candidates into the industry.

The chef role within the pub and bar sector has long been overlooked as a career option, but with the popularity of programmes like the Great British Bake Off, and the fame of figures who have pub connections like Tom Kerridge and Jamie Oliver, cooking is becoming a viable and respectable vocation. The video capitalises on this rising popularity and mirrors the energy and challenges of life interests with those that arise in a kitchen environment.

The video features footage from pub kitchens, as well as face-to-face interviews with young chefs from across the country, and provides a real insight into the life of a pub chef.

“Pub chef is an exciting, demanding career that offers young people development, rewards and a great working environment. This new video will recruit a new generation of young people into the industry, injecting much needed new talent into pub kitchens” added Brigid.

At the same time the British Institute of Innkeeping has responded to the industry need for qualified kitchen staff by launching a Level 2 Chef Apprenticeship qualification in pub chef skills and operations. The qualification guarantees a curriculum of key skills are covered and assessed and formalises on the job training, thereby standardising skills across the industry.

The apprenticeship covers key topics including food safety, teamwork, conflict resolution, the basics and principles of a comprehensive range of dish preparation, cooking theory, stock control and licensed hospitality operations.

“The new qualification is equally suited to pubs and bars already offering apprenticeships as well as those looking to start recruiting apprentices” said BII Chief Executive Tim Hulme, “And, the qualification combined with the release of the film, will highlight the career and learning opportunities to help stem the pub chef skills shortage.”

View the film here:

Notes to editors:

BIIAB is the awards body of the British Institute of Innkeeping. The BII is the professional body for the licensed retail sector with charitable status and a remit to raise professional standards. Details can be found here and here

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association exists to promote and protect one of the nation’s most iconic and important industries. Details here.


For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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