“My senior chefs have always driven me to improve myself.”

Why did you want to join us?

I saw an apprentice opportunity online. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London offered me a great way into an industry that I was new to and could give me all the training I needed to make a success of it.

Has your experience lived up to expectations?

At first, it was a totally new and exciting experience. Everyone was welcoming and made me feel part of something special. Since then, it has exceeded my expectations. In two years, I have gone from knowing little about working in a professional kitchen to becoming a very competent, established chef who could transfer my skills to work in any kitchen or any area of the catering industry.

What does your role involve?

My main role at present is to run the fish section of the kitchen – but in a busy environment like Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, you often help out others.

What are your colleagues like?

They are very hardworking people who are good in a high-pressure environment. They contribute to a great team spirit. We can have a laugh and make the kitchen an enjoyable place to work.

How has the company helped you to develop?

The company helped me develop by giving me their patience and time which is a massive necessity for learning a new field. They allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them so I could go on and achieve what I have.

What’s been your proudest moment so far?

At the end of our first year, our group of apprentices was given the challenge of creating a menu for the annual staff party. We had to come with, and prepare, a starter, a main and a desert that would be served to 900 people. It was a great feeling to know we had organised everything ourselves when everything came together perfectly.

What would you say to someone interested in a kitchen role with us?

Come on board. I’ve had great support from my senior chefs. They have always driven me to improve myself and always push me out of my comfort zone to make sure I develop and go above what’s expected.