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Chance to learn chef skills

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

OFFER: Mick Cockram, chef and teacher at the Manor House Café, Ilfracombe.

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AN Ilfracombe café is offering an apprentice chef the opportunity to receive similar training to chefs who have gone on to work at Buckingham Palace and the Ritz.

Mick Cockram, who runs Manor House Café in Ilfracombe High Street with wife Jill, is qualified both as a chef and teacher, having taught hospitality and catering at Thanet College in Broadstairs.

One year, five of his students progressed to work in Paris, while two more went on to cook at Buckingham Palace.

Mick is offering the same high level of training to a jobseeker with the passion to learn all about catering.

"They will learn all aspects of catering from basic health and safety, hygiene, knife handling and basic cooking skills to advanced," said Mick.

As well as preparation of foods for meals, snacks and takeaways, the apprentice will receive training in serving and clearing in the café, general kitchen duties, high standards of food and service, stock rotation, all aspects of food preparation and hygiene, safe working practices, and working as part of a team in the kitchen.

They will undertake a one-year apprenticeship in professional cookery NVQ Level 2 with day release at Petroc. They will also need to complete functional skills Level 1 in both maths and English.

For more details visit www. themanorhousecafe.co.uk.

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