Simon Rogan, the chef behind the two-Michelin-starred restaurant L'Enclume in Cumbria, is launching a new culinary academy in collaboration with Kendal College.
The academy will focus on nurturing aspiring chefs as they progress through a bespoke apprenticeship, with a view to training them up to commis chef level.
The Simon Rogan Academy is recruiting its first cohort of students. Initially, up to 14 student places are available for those aged 16 years and above and who are residents in the UK.
The course will run for 18 months, culminating in a fully expensed week-long stagiaire at the Michelin-starred Roganic in Hong Kong.
Rogan said: "I've established the Simon Rogan Academy as a way of doing something positive to help try to fill this skills gap in the hospitality sector. I've chosen to work closely with Kendal College, who share the same values and requirements for excellence that I do to ensure that students achieve their potential.
"I also want to show people that choosing a career in hospitality is an exciting prospect, one that can literally take them anywhere in the world. It's an incredibly rewarding industry, day in, day out you are surrounded by people who are passionate and creative in everything they do. Hopefully, the academy will play a small part in encouraging more people to consider a career in the sector."
During the course, students will undergo paid work across Rogan's Lake District restaurant kitchens and farm for four days a week, with one day per week spent at Kendal College to attain an accredited Level 2 City & Guilds qualification.
Richard Axford, head of faculty and service industries at Kendal College, said: "This is a ground-breaking moment for the Cumbrian hospitality industry, as this course offers a fantastic opportunity to work with Simon and his team, whilst training at our state-of-the-art training facility. We have long enjoyed a superb working relationship with Simon, and this enables us to come together to give young people a chance to pursue a career at the highest level in this wonderful industry. We look forward to developing this concept with Simon and his team to become an industry leading experience."
Sam Ward, managing director of Rogan's restaurant group, added: "We are really proud to be able to provide students who enrol in the academy with a unique opportunity to learn the intricacies of culinary craft from some of the UK's leading chefs and to gain industry leading qualifications, which will enable them as chefs to travel the world."
For those interested in finding out more, an open day is being held at L'Enclume on 16 August.
The restaurant group also includes the Michelin-starred Rogan & Co in Cartmel; Aulis, which started as a six-seater chef's table experience at L'Enclume and now has outposts in London's Soho and Hong Kong; Roganic in London's Marylebone; and Henrock at Linthwaite House in Bowness-on-Windermere. Rogan was also recognised as AA Chef of the Year in 2017 and is president of Bocuse d'Or.