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College joins forces with prestigious culinary institution

The City of Liverpool College has embarked on an exciting new initiative that it set to put Liverpool on the map as the northern hotbed for next generation Michelin star chefs.

The college, in partnership with the prestigious Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA), has launched a chefs’ apprenticeship programme for candidates aged 16-19 years who dream of becoming the top restauranteurs of the future.

As part of this initiative, the college has enlisted the help of top chef, Paul Askew, a long standing member of the the Academy, to assist the college’s academic culinary team in running the programme.

Paul, who is chef patron of top city centre restaurant, The Art School, said: “This is a really important moment for the Royal Academy. Our aim is to help up-and-coming chefs in the region to achieve this high level qualification, which has never been available in the north. The intention is to break the cycle of skills drain from the north of the country to the south east, the true significance of which will be felt for many years to come.”

College Principal, Elaine Bowker, added: “To be chosen by the Royal Academy is an honour – not just for the college but for the city as a whole – and is in recognition of the quality in both our teaching and of our partners.”

The City of Liverpool College is only the third college across the country outside London chosen to run this higher level training programme, and the first of its kind in northern England.

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