Exclusive Chefs' Academy

Calling all chefs of the future! The Exclusive Chefs' Academy is an inspirational programme for budding commis chefs to discover and develop their talent in the kitchen over a two year programme. 

We are currently not taking on any new recruits for our Exclusive Chefs' Academy, but plan to reopen applications later this year, so do check back if a career as a chef excites you!

What's involved?

The Exclusive Chefs' Academy is a career development programme created to increase opportunities for chefs within Exclusive Collection. The programme offers a unique opportunity to fine tune your cooking skills, develop your career and set yourself on the road to success and promotion. With a wide range of experiences around our many diverse and award winning restaurants, extensive conference, banqueting and pastry kitchens, as well as drawing on the vast experience or our talented chefs. 

Your Academy Journey

As part of your journey you will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience our extensive range of Exclusive kitchens
  • Learn from the very best banqueting professionals
  • Practice advanced pastry techniques
  • Work in our fine dining restaurants
  • Prepare dishes for high profile clients
  • Work with a wide range of quality produce
  • Visit our extensive range of suppliers
  • Learn how to source quality ingredients
  • Develop your kitchen management skills
  • Enter external competitions and raise your profile
  • Build your leadership skills

Guided by Andy Mackenzie

Andy Mackenzie has been a chef with Exclusive Collection for nearly 30 years. During this time he has been Hampshire Chef of the year multiple times. He is on the board of Hampshire Fare and has performed hundreds of cooking demonstrations at schools, colleges, food festivals and even radio stations. He was instrumental in launching 'Create and Cook' a cookery competition aimed at showcasing the culinary skills of young people across Hampshire.

Do you have what it takes?

The Academy is for commis chefs with at least one year of experience (preferable) and has been designed to equip you with the skills and experience needed to take you from Commis to Chef de Partie. As a full time member of the kitchen team you will be based at one of our properties across the business and be exposed to the different cooking styles of our award winning chefs. In addition you will also enjoy extensive off-the-job training away from your usual workplace involving masterclasses, go on visits to the producers of the quality ingredients used in the business and attend workshops led by experts in their field.

You will be issued with a full uniform including chefs' whites, aprons and appropriate safety shoes. By committing to the two year programme you will also enjoy complimentary meals during your working hours as well as staff discounts on accommodation and food and drinks across Exclusive Collection.

Exclusive Collection's commitment to development will ensure that the focus is balanced between your needs as a chef and the needs of the business and will cover team challenges and competitions involving rigorous assessment.

Interested? We look forward to hearing from you when our applications are open!