Charnwood Apprentices take Master Class with Marco Pierre White

Charnwood Apprentices take Master Class with Marco Pierre White

Pierre White, a former apprentice himself, helped launch the pub retailer and brewer's own Discovery Apprenticeship programme with a master class cookery demonstration at Greene King's brewery and headquarters in Suffolk.

Ashley Wilson, a chef at the White Hart Hotel in Braintree, part of Greene King's Old English Inn chain, was one of eight lucky apprentices nominated to take part in the master class. The 21-year-old was chosen by his business development manager as a great of example of one of the company's first successful apprentices.

The celebrity chef showed the group simple and effective techniques of cooking with sea bass which they could take back to their own kitchens. Ashley said he was 'over the moon' to meet Marco and take part in the master class.

He added: "It was the opportunity of a life time. There's not many people I know who can say that they've met and been trained by Marco Pierre White!"
Ashley has been working at the White Hart hotel for over a year and has progressed quickly from kitchen porter to assistant chef.  
Having been offered Apprenticeship training through Greene King, and its training provider Charnwood Training Group, Ashley can continue to learn on the job while gaining nationally-recognised qualifications. 
Having previously been in trouble with the police, the chance of a stable career with the opportunity to gain qualifications has been invaluable in helping Ashley to turn his life around and support his young family.
"I have finally found something that I enjoy and that I'm good at," said Ashley. "Most importantly I can support my family while I continue to learn and progress my career. It has given me the opportunity to do something positive and I would really recommend it."

Working in collaboration with Charnwood training group, Greene King is set to become one of the largest providers of hospitality based Apprenticeships in the UK.

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