Schwartz September 2019

Total culinary cadets take flight

A ‘Top Gun’ inspired training academy, established following a partnership between a leading hospitality college and Total Foodservice, has welcomed its first class of budding business stars.

Kendal College and Total are set to put nine employees through their paces on a 15-month training programme to achieve a NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. The cadets, who were selected from Total Foodservice’s Huddersfield and Clitheroe based sales teams, will journey through the whole catering process, from field to fork, facing lessons in kitchen management and workflow, food safety and hygiene, and food product and barista training.

They will also become experts in environmental awareness and sustainability, the challenges the catering industry faces, sales techniques and innovation in business. Simon Howarth, managing director of Total Foodservice, said: “This partnership with Kendal College will see our sales team get the tools to not only understand the business side of our customers’ operations, but also get to the heart of the hospitality industry and understand its inner workings. It’s the perfect combination for our business, and I look forward to seeing the impact our high-flying graduates have on their return to base.

“As a business, it is always of paramount importance that we understand the pressures and challenges faced by our customers. Our approach to sales is to ensure that the customer can be innovative with their menus, can create the dishes they aspire to serve, and always have the service that they require.”

Picture: L to R: Mick Vaughan, Becky Hutchinson, Julie McWalters, Jess Williams, Steve Chadwick, Rachel Wheeler, Stefanie O’Leary , Laura Walker, Andrew Rogerson
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