Hertfordshire brewer and pub operator McMullen has recognised the first eight staff members to complete its new training course; the Silver Award for Kitchen.

The Silver Award has been specifically designed to build a chef’s capabilities and help them to progress to the position of assistant kitchen manager.

Eight candidates from McMullen pubs across the country took part in the course, which covered in house training in stock management, managing peak shifts, food hygiene audits and experience of a front of house role. The McMullen chefs also attended off the job training courses in leadership, gap management, advanced kitchen skills, managing food safety and first aid. The final stage of the award culminated in a cook off session in the company training centre, where each chef had to cost two dishes and then present them to the operations team.

Following the success of the initial run, a further 24 McMullen chefs have been nominated to complete their Silver Award in the next 12 months.

Heydon Mizon, retail director, said: “Building the skills of our chefs and promoting from within is key to our people strategy at McMullen and we are delighted with the success of our new Silver Award. The feedback we received from those who took part was very positive and we are excited to see even more of our chefs undertake the course in the future. These kitchen graduates are a great example of how McMullen’s BII recognised Training & Development Centre has grown since its opening ten years ago, and strengthened the Company’s programmes to ensure the best for the future of its teams and their careers.”