Chef Academy

Welcome to the class of 2020/21

Find out how joining our Chef Academy can be the perfect step in your career. Working in collaboration with our training partner HIT, this could be just for you.

A "Hotel Folk" welcome to the class of 2020/21

"Food is my absolute passion! Creating wholesome food for my family, smashing a 200 cover dinner service at one of our hotels, but above all else watching a new chef reaching the maximum of their potential. If any of these things remind you of yourself, then a career at The Hotel Folk is just up your street. With seven amazing and diverse restaurants across our fantastic portfolio of six hotels, a career at The Hotel Folk could be just for you.

Working in collaboration with our training partner HIT, our Chef Academy will give you a taster of everything we have to offer. So come and join me on what’s set to be a fantastic journey." - Group Executive Chef, Justin Kett.

Typical Annual Programme

By joining our 15-month Chef Academy (beginning September 2020), we will provide you with a blend of “on and off the job” training, whilst being mentored by one of our Kitchen Folk. You will have the opportunity to attend masterclasses and visit our suppliers to gain a real understanding of where our ingredients come from, something that The Hotel Folk is very passionate about.

Some examples of what you can expect from the programme are

Various masterclasses, including learning about Shellfish & fish, Patisserie and Game.

Visits to Pinney's Smokehouse in Orford and Lavenham Butchers. 


So, why come and join us?

Whilst working towards the Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship standard, our Chef Academy will offer you the opportunity to attend masterclasses and supplier visits.

Here are just a few of the other benefits you will receive: Chef whites, Hotel Folk benefits, Set of chefs' knives and 5 straight shifts per week. 

"Don’t just hear it from me..."

Hannah - Demi Chef de Partie

Hannah first came to The Swan at Lavenham at the age of 14 on work experience and from that day she was always going to become a shining star. After completing 9 GCSE’s, Hannah left school and joined The Swan Kitchen Folk and has never looked back. From the moment she arrived she has gone from strength to strength and become an integral part of the way we deliver ‘Extraordinary Service’, and always being ‘Dedicated to the Details’.

“The Hotel Folk offered me the opportunity to join them as an apprentice at 16, which really helped me turn my dream of becoming a chef into a reality. I’ve had the help and guidance I needed and they are always here to support me.”


Adrian - Chef de Partie

Adrian joined the Food & Beverage Folk at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel in 2015, bringing with him a wealth of experience. It was whilst working here that Adrian expressed an interest in developing his passion for food and we were only too happy to support him. Adrian enrolled onto the Level 2 Commis Chef Standard at the age of 27, in the past two years he has seen his enjoyment and passion for cooking grow. Having passed his apprenticeship with a distinction, Adrian is now keen to continue with his development onto the Level 3 Chef de Partie Standard.

“Becoming an apprentice has shown me that there is a clear progression route working in a kitchen and I am delighted that my hard work is paying off.”


Natalie - Chef de Partie

Natalie’s first experience working for The Hotel Folk was during a work experience placement at The White Lion when she was 15. Upon leaving school, Natalie joined us as an apprentice to develop her skills in the kitchen. Since then, she has proven herself to be a valuable member of The Hotel Folk and has recently qualified with a Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship Standard.

“I have learnt so much in the past four years and love working with the Folk at The White Lion. Doing an apprenticeship has given me a fantastic start to my career.”

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