Kitchen Talent: Training and retaining the chefs of the future


We are grateful to all those who provided expert advice and guidance for this report, especially the members of our Advisory Group: Mark Ainsbury (Principal Policy Officer – Food, Greater London Authority); Max Coltart (Head of Business Development & Code Careers, CODE Hospitality); Margaret Georgiou (Administrator and Secretary to the Trustees, Savoy Educational Trust); Ollie Hunter (Head of Development, KERB); Rachel Karasik (Freelance Chef and Writer, The Bream Team); Richard Liversidge (Chef and Trainer, Corbin & King); Dianna Neal (Strategic Lead for Enterprise, Economy and Skills, London Councils); Mark Sainsbury (Founder, The Zetter Group); Julia Sibley (Chief Executive, Savoy Educational Trust); Sara Jayne Stanes (Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts); Nicholas Stanley (Founder, The Stanley Foundation); and Jaimie Stewart (Head of Learning and Development, D&D London).

We would also like to thank Olga Astaniotis (Principal Policy Officer, Greater London Authority), Peter Jones (Director, Wentworth Jones) and Martin- Christian Kent (Director, Martin-Christian Kent Consulting) for their technical guidance. Additional thanks are due to Indeed, for providing in-kind insights into their labour market data.

Finally, we would like to thank the anonymous interviewees for generously giving their time and sharing their insight. The views in this report are nevertheless solely those of the authors, and all errors and omissions remain our own.

This project would not have been possible without the support of our funders – the Greater London Authority, The Mark Leonard Trust, The Savoy Educational Trust, and The Stanley Foundation – and we would like to thank them for their generous support.