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Sodexo Live! partners with Raymond Blanc to deliver apprenticeship academy

Sodexo Live! has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc OBE to launch a culinary apprenticeship programme.

The Sodexo Live! Academy with Raymond Blanc is a structured culinary programme that will give six apprentices the chance to achieve either a Commis Chef Level 2 or Level 3 Chef de Partie qualification. The programme comprises multiple practical experiences with the aim of attracting future culinary talent, who will be eligible for permanent culinary roles within Sodexo Live! upon competition of the Academy.

The Academy will provide apprentices with opportunities to take part in major events – such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot – as well as rotation around four London venues including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Wallace Collection, RAF Museum at Hendon, and Sodexo Live!’s own river cruise dining experience, Bateaux London.

Blanc, who has two Michelin stars and his own television series ‘Simply Raymond Blanc’ on ITV, has collaborated with Sodexo Live! to devise the course. Topics to be studied include plant-based eating, patisserie, game and offal, food safety and menu planning. The programme also involves a two-month stage placement at Blanc’s acclaimed hotel and restaurant in Oxfordshire, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a Belmond Hotel, to develop their skills in fine dining.

Raymond Blanc OBE, said:  “I’m delighted to work in partnership with Sodexo Live! to launch the Academy. Our programme has been designed to give apprentices a unique and enriched development experience, which will hopefully take their careers to extraordinary places.   
“The apprentices will be able to explore not only how a Michelin star restaurant works but also how to hone their fine dining and event skills with guidance from myself.” 

Sue Davison, Head of Apprenticeships at Sodexo UK & Ireland, commented: “The new Academy will undoubtedly inspire and nurture the next culinary talent, with the lucky six apprentices learning directly from one of the most acclaimed and innovative chefs. Helping people to thrive is the Sodexo way, and this programme will give apprentices the chance to learn from Raymond and our expert chefs to gain experience to boost their culinary careers.”  

Sodexo Live! is a global brand launched by the Sodexo Group in September last year to unify and leverage all of the Group’s expertise in the world of sports, events and hospitality.

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