Belfast Telegraph

Celeb chef relishes chance to dish up job to food enthusiast

day 65: culinary world adds exciting flavour to our apprenticeship drive

Celebrity chef Danny Millar is offering an apprenticeship to a budding culinary whiz in response to the Belfast Telegraph's 100 jobs in 100 days campaign.

Mr Millar said he was looking forward to guiding another young career as his Balloo Inns business, which owns Balloo House in Killinchy and The Parson's Nose in Hillsborough, pledged its support to our campaign.

The apprenticeship will start in September and will be served under the guidance of Mr Millar, named best chef in Ireland by the Restaurant Association in 2010.

Mr Millar said: "Balloo Inns is delighted to pledge its support to the Belfast Telegraph campaign which is an excellent initiative to create new apprenticeships for young people.

"I started out as an apprentice myself - over 20 years ago - and have not looked back."

He said that Balloo Inns had created a "really good learning and working environment".

"Working in a kitchen can be physically hard work, but when you are passionate about cooking and the team spirit is good it is a very enjoyable career.

"I look forward to meeting potential candidates - steering young careers is another great aspect of my job.

"My message to a young person interested in the role of an apprentice chef is ... go for it; you never know where it might take you."

The apprenticeship at Balloo Inns is a permanent contract for a minimum of two years. The apprentice will train at one of the company's restaurants.

Mr Millar started as an apprentice chef in 1998 at the Strand Restaurant in Stranmillis, Belfast, and has been mentioned in the Michelin Guide and the AA Rosette Award.

Mr Millar also appears on BBC1 cooking show Saturday Kitchen.

Anyone interested in the apprenticeship should contact Balloo Inns on 028 9754 1210 or email