News & Events
NVQ Graduation Celebration
On Tuesday 9th May we held a graduation ceremony for 19 apprentices from Cohorts 5 to 10 who have successfully completed their NVQ training and are now qualified professional chefs! We were grateful to be able to hold the event at the stunning Searcys Pavilion Road, where graduates and their guests enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea before the ceremony.
The event marked the end of a journey for the apprentices which started with Freshlife and ended with gaining a Level 2 NVQ qualification, culinary skills and friends for life.
We wish the apprentices all the best for their future careers in the kitchen, and beyond!
Put A Fiver To Work!
Put A Fiver To Work!
For many, the barriers to finding a job are simple.
They don't know where to look, how to apply or how to present their skills. Beyond Food's Chef Founder, Simon Boyle, has used his experience of working with 1000s of vulnerable people to publish a work book, How to Find A Job And Keep It, to support people to take their first steps into employment. The book makes daunting tasks manageable, including CV wirting, budgeting and interview preparation.
At the end of June we'll be distributing all the books through partner organisations, including the National Literacy Trust, Thames Reach Employment Academy and local schools through the PwC Foundation.
Once you've bought your book, share your top tip for finding a job and keeping it, using the hashtag #PutAFiverToWork.
The Social Diner
with Michel Roux Jr
Hosted at our social enterprise restuarant, Brigade, this is fine dining with a difference. All profits fund our training programmes for people affected by homelessness and our chef apprentices will be working alongside Michel on the night.
The Social Diner does what is says on the tin so expect to meet new people, eat Michelin Star food and see Michel at work with our apprentices in our open kitchen.
Tickets are limited and this is a one-off event so book quick to avoid disappointment.
A welcome drink is included in the ticket price. A Sommelier will be at the event and additional drinks available to purchase.
Please let us know dietary requirements in advance through the booking page.
The four course menu is currently being devised by Michel and will be announced shortly.
Yes Chef! Butchery Masterclass
Led by the Fantastic British Premium Meats, you'll learn to butcher the perfect leg of lamb just in time for Easter!
Under their expert instruction, you'll remove the shank, butterfly open the leg and take out the femur bone.
And if that's not enough, Chef Simon Boyle will be demonstrating his favourite ways to cook with lamb and live preparing a meal to feast on after the masterclass. Simon's the first ever culinary ambassador for Unliver and has cooked at the likes of the Savoy, so expect lots of chef secrets and mouth watering food.
You'll leave the evening with your butchered meat, your newly developed butchery skills and a full stomach.
Cohort 11 celebrate with the Thacker Achievement Awards
On Friday 3rd March we held the Roger Thacker Achievement Awards for Marcus, Jamie, Darren and Yasmin, who have completed their six months at Brigade and will be moving on to their employer placements!
They apprentices enjoyed a final challenge of preparing and serving canapes for family and friends, before being presented with a certificate and embroidered chef jacket to mark the occassion.
We wish them all the best for their new placements!