Star Pubs & Bars launches free food training workshops

Star Pubs & Bars food training

Star Pubs & Bars has launched a series of free workshops to help its licensees train their staff in food skills.

Four different workshops will be run, covering meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, menu development, and healthy eating and allergens.

The aim of the one-day practical workshops is to directly address the shortage of skilled kitchen staff in the bar and pub industry.

Star Pubs & Bars is investing £24,000 in providing 12 workshops in the next six months. Attendance on the courses is free with 240 pubs and pubs set to benefit in 2016.

The workshops are suitable for staff who are being trained up to work in the kitchen as well as licensees wanting to improve their own food skills.

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars’ managing director, said: “Food is a massive income opportunity for pubs. Customer expectations are higher than ever and the food has got to be good for licensees to succeed.

“Trained kitchen staff are essential to deliver great food and with a crisis in the availability of qualified people we want to do all we can to make the necessary training available.”

The workshops build on a suite of food training that Star Pubs & Bars has introduced over the last year as part of its Star Food programme. This includes: extended food training for new licensees as part of their induction; independent chef consultancy at licensees’ pubs and five-day residential foundation cookery skills courses for licensees wanting to extend their food offer.

It is part of the pub company’s ambition that 50% of sales from its lessees’ pubs and bars will come from food by 2020.

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