"It is almost impossible to put my experience with the Chef Academy into words. Over my three years of training, the tasks have become harder but I have been truly inspired by the learning process. I now feel empowered and truly understand how important it is to invest in and to inspire others."
Presented with the ‘Spirit of the Chef Academy’ award at 2016’s graduation, Nina Mash’s commitment to her craft is outstanding. She has completed all four levels of the academy and now acts as a mentor for other chefs. Beginning her BaxterStorey career as kitchen porter, she has developed to become the head chef at one of London’s flagship locations.
In 2015, The Woodspeen Cookery School became the permanent home of our Chef Academy workshops and assessments.
Masterclasses Our chef consultants hold regular masterclasses on a variety of topics across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Our Chefs Academy is open to all chefs within our business. The academy is made up of four levels, which means that there is something for every chef.
Our academy has nurtured some of the best baristas in the UK.
Jana was named the top female barista at the UK Barista Championship in 2015. Jana became BaxterStorey's 'Rising Star' in 2016 and today holds the position of National Barista Trainer for our Academy. Her journey with BaxterStorey started in 2010 when she joined as a sales assistant. Her focus coupled with our award winning training programmes has helped Jana to fulfill her coffee dreams.
“As a National Barista Trainer, I am able to see so many of BaxterStorey’s locations. Each one is unique and offers something very special. I see the passion for people, creativity and care for our customers wherever I go.”
Our graduate programme, Momentum, is for the best university graduates the market has to offer.
It was Georgie's love of food and people that drew her to BaxterStorey's Momentum Programme. She gained grass root experience through location and project management. Georgie's role now also includes social media and managing our PR team.
"The graduate scheme recognised my individual talents and gave me the experience I needed to progress within our business. I now report into a company board member and ensure that all Baxterstorey communications reflect our love for this incredible industry."
Our apprentice recruits come from all walks of life and have the desire to learn new skills and gain experience.
Saleem now works as a qualified Commis Chef at a flagship BaxterStorey location. His learning continues having just secured a place on our Chef Academy programme level two.
"The Apprentice Academy combines structured learning with first hand practical experiences. These things coupled with my mentors interest in my development have helped turned a job into a career."