Not-for-profit organisation BAME in Hospitality has launched a new mentorship programme to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people working in the sector.

The Elevate Mentorship Scheme, which is due to commence in the autumn, will grant members access to tools and resources in order to support their development.

So far, chefs James Cochran and Nokx Majozi, recipe writer and food stylist Rukmini lyre, and food critic Jimi Famurewa have all signed up as mentors for the scheme, and the organisation is continuing to call for additional mentors, and prospective mentees from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.

The group was founded last year by Lorraine Copes, a senior procurement leader who has worked for brands such as Shake Shack, Gordon Ramsay and Corbin & King.

Commenting on the formation of the organisation, Copes said she “felt compelled to take action as throughout my 18 years within the sector I have always been the only person of colour around any decision-making table.

“There is a very visible barrier for career progression for people of Black, Asian and other Minorities within the hospitality sector, which needs to be confronted and addressed.”