Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin becomes 'culinary ambassador' for apprenticeship scheme

Workplace catering giant Compass has linked up with top Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin as it rolls out a new apprenticeship scheme.

Chef Tom Kitchin and Compass Scotland managing director David Hay. Picture: @Schnappsphoto

The company said it was launching a distinct business, Compass Scotland, after 70 years of operation within the country.

It provides catering and support services across sectors including education, workplace catering, defence, sports and leisure, plus an Aberdeen-based offshore business. Clients include Edinburgh Zoo, Chrysaor, the EICC and Merchiston School.

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Bosses said the apprenticeship programme would work closely with Scottish clients, hospitality industry stakeholders, colleges and a training provider.

Central to the programme will be a new partnership with Kitchin, as “culinary ambassador”. This will see the chef contribute to the apprenticeship and training programme and work closely as a consultant for Compass Scotland.

He said: “I am really looking forward to working with Compass Scotland and the many exciting projects with the team, plus helping to bring through the next generation of Scottish hospitality.”

Compass Scotland managing director David Hay said: “This new era of Compass Scotland will take us from strength to strength, while recognising the need for our sector to focus on skills and development.

“The opportunities offered through our apprenticeship scheme will enable employees to change or enhance their careers and underlines how our business is committed to helping every colleague, partner and client realise their potential.

“Having started my own career with Compass at the age of 19 as a hospitality waiter, this is something I feel incredibly passionate about. I very much look forward to seeing the next generation of this fantastic industry develop in Scotland through this exciting programme.”

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