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Commis Chef Apprentice

Academy Apprentice

Meet Chloe, our newest recruit to join the TEA [Train, Experience, Achieve] Academy!

Apprentice Commis Chef

You may already have seen Chloe in action at the Tap and the Hop Harvest TEA Party, when she was deterring a dinosaur from pinching a pizza! But we promise she’s really friendly!

Chef and dinosaur

Living locally, Chloe had heard of the Hogs Back Brewery and joined the Tap team a couple of years ago before moving across to be part of the Kitchen team for the last 8 months. Helping to develop the menu and fresh food offering is one of Chloe’s favourite job’s so far.

Drinking in the Hangar

We caught up with Chloe as she continues her culinary career as our new Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice….

Q: Where does your love of food come from?

A: At home growing up, I was always in the kitchen, helping mum out and doing the cooking with her, so it has just developed from there.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

A: I love making canapes. Things like Wellingtons, mustard and honey glazed sausages or spring rolls with plum sauce. There’s lot of detail in their presentation to make them look fancy and jazzy. And it gives everyone a choice – they can always find something they like!

Q: Do you have a signature dish yet?

A: At home, my elder brother and I cook a wicked paella on a proper paella pan over an open fire. We used to have lots of family holidays in Spain, so I’m a real fan of Spanish cuisine, especially paella and tapas.

Q: If you could invite anyone for dinner, who would it be?

A: I’d invite my family and friends as I like to get their feedback so I can keep improving. But if I could really invite anyone, it would be ABBA! “Mamma Mia!” is my favourite film! I’d cook a big traditional roast beef dinner with all the trimmings!

Q: Tell us about your apprenticeship…..

A: Learning on the job really appeals to me. The course is for a year. Every week I have 8 hours of college work and the rest of the time I’m working alongside Mark and the team in the kitchen, getting real hands-on experience. There’s online lectures as well as some exams, but 4 times a year I get the opportunity to meet up with the other people on my course to do some practical learning sessions. I’m really looking forward to it!

Q: What would your dream job be?

A: Owning my own restaurant!

We wish Chloe well in her new adventure!

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