Training organisation, Allara Learning, will be launching a new apprenticeship program for chefs next month, with executive chef, Jimmy Richardson, at the helm.

Richardson has a wealth of experience, having been trained in Amsterdam under the tutelage of kitchen icons Michel and Albert Roux. In Australia, Richardson has worked at the likes of Gerard’s Bistro, Glass Brasserie, Altitude at the Shangri-La, Café Paci and the 3-hatted Bridge Room. He currently works at Leonards Bar & Bistro in Brisbane, and his kitchen team will also be involved in the training.

Andrew Lewis, CEO of Allara Learning, believes the new program will build upon previous successes.

“We’re excited to launch our new Chef Apprenticeship Program in Brisbane, building on the success of our Merivale Chef Apprenticeship School.

“Led by highly regarded Executive Chef Jimmy Richardson, this program offers a unique opportunity for apprentices to develop both foundational skills and cutting-edge techniques used in the modern Australian dining scene.

“We can’t wait to see the next generation of chefs flourish through this program.”

Jimmy Richardson in action.

Richardson also commented on what he was most looking forward to when heading up this program.

“Most importantly I am excited to pass on my knowledge and give a new generation of chefs the best start possible to their career.”

According to Allara, the ‘combination of on-the-job training and culinary masterclasses, apprentices will gain a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge required to work in a commercial kitchen environment while also being exposed to cutting-edge gastronomy techniques.’

Moreover, the course has been structured in such a way as to minimise repetition or overlap between different parts.

Those who successfully complete the training will receive a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, and learn ‘the essential foundations of cooking.’ Richardson will also be on hand to provided one-to-one mentorship to participants, providing guidance and insight about the techniques behind his stellar career.

A launch event for the new program will be held on June 27 at Leonards Bar & Bistro, hosted by James Richards, general manager of Allara Learning, and Kate Hemat-Siraky, director of Zest People Solutions and former group people experience manager at Merivale. This event is aimed at fellow industry professionals, with the ambition of informing them about the program.

Don’t miss Allara Learning’s exhibit at the Pub Leaders Summit in Brisbane on 24-25 July. Get your tickets here.

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