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Budding chefs will learn everything from cooking and waiting on tables to sourcing the best ingredients, maintaining a kitchen garden and sales and marketing, at Catering4Kent’s restaurant.
It will be run from a kitchen at the Abbey School and will open every Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm.
The 16-24-year-olds will be paid as they learn and can gain catering qualifications as part of the hospitality management apprenticeship.
Catering4Kent founder Hilde-Marie Smith explained: “I have a group of young men and women who are absolutely passionate about cooking fresh food and I know will deliver a top-notch service.
“We also have all of the best equipment – including a brand new pizza oven. All I need now is hungry customers ready for the meal of their lives and at really reasonable prices.”
The 40-year-old came to Kent from South Africa in 1996. She established her catering company in 2004 after working as a chef manager for Roux fine dining in London.
The first batch of applicants will start next week, and more places are available from January and next September.
Hilde-Marie added: “The course criteria is tough, I am looking for applicants that are absolutely passionate about cooking fresh food and aim to deliver excellence.
“Training will be first class, with great attention to detail. Students must be prepared to arrive on time, be clean and well-presented at all times and work hard.”
The menu features an up-market variety of dishes, including seafood, pizza, and South African-inspired dishes.
Day courses for novices will also be on offer, including sugar craft, bread making, Thai and Indian food, foraging and wine appreciation.
The opening day, on Saturday from 2pm, will feature a family day with kid’s football, cup cake decorating, pizza making and free refreshments, followed by the unveiling of the restaurant after 5pm. For more information or to book, call Hilde-Marie on 01233 463298 or visit www.catering4kent.co.uk.