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Chef Niall McKenna hoping to find recipe for success with apprentices

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/06/2015

Apprentices Cain Dornan, Ryan Woods and Charlotte McGrath with Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry (left), Niall McKenna of James Street South (second right) and Finance Minister Arlene Foster (right)
Apprentices Cain Dornan, Ryan Woods and Charlotte McGrath with Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry (left), Niall McKenna of James Street South (second right) and Finance Minister Arlene Foster (right)

One of Northern Ireland's best known chefs is searching for a host of talented young cooks to work in his top Belfast restaurant.

In search of his very own apprentices, James Street South owner Niall McKenna is giving 16 hopefuls the chance to cook in the restaurant.

The year-long placement is open to 16-24 year olds, who mix on-the-job training with two days a week at Belfast Metropolitan College to gain their professional qualifications.

And three of the trainees taken on last year have since landed full-time jobs with James Street Street.

Niall McKenna - who also owns Hadskis and new restaurant Cast & Crew among others - said the scheme was "geared for aspiring chefs who have the determination to succeed".

"Our apprentices will receive ongoing training and development through weekly workshops in our cookery school, as well as regular activities to ensure a greater appreciation of food, like meeting producers and others on the supply chain. This is geared for aspiring chefs who have determination to succeed, learning from leaders in the industry and cooking with local produce to create the dining experience James Street South is famous for," he said.

Those keen to get involved can visit www.jamesstreetsouth.co.uk for more information.

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