Chef Development Programme

The Hotel Folk, Suffolk

Our dedicated training team are so pleased to welcome you to The Hotel Folk's Chef Development Programme.

If you're passionate about food and developing your career in the kitchen, no matter what level, this is the programme for you.

The Programme

Whilst working in partnership with HIT, you can gain a nationally recognised and accredited apprenticeship standards qualification, take part in a selection of culinary masterclasses with our senior and specialist Hotel Folk chefs, participate in visits with suppliers, and take part in local food and drink events across Suffolk. With a blend of both on and off the job training, we'll provide you with the opportunity to broaden your skills, knowledge and experience, whilst working for a group with a portfolio of six fantastic hotels across Suffolk. You'll have the full support of and be mentored by our Training and Development Chef, Andrew, to ensure you get the very best out of the experience.


What you can expect from your HIT Apprenticeship

A choice of Level 2, 3 and 4 apprenticeships which range in duration from 12 to 24 months with an end point assessment.
Dedicated training consultant throughout the duration of the programme.
Online learning modules for all food groups and core subjects, as well as interactive workshops covering kitchen operations, people and menu development.
The opportunity to attend Suffolk Food Hall for masterclasses and culinary workshops with HIT training consultants.
Masterclasses focusing on foundation, and transferable skills, incorporating meat, fish and poultry, stocks, sauces, vegetable, and potato dishes.
All masterclasses embedding seasonality, provenance, minimising wastage, nutrition, and allergens.
Culinary workshops, covering Game, Offal, Patisserie, Bread & Dough, Shellfish & Fish, Cakes, biscuits & desserts, and nose to tail butchery.


Why Join Us?

Aside from gaining an invaluable qualification, the opportunity to attend various masterclasses and visits to suppliers, there are a few further benefits to participating in our Chef Development Programme.

They include:

Hotel Folk benefits
A set of chef knifes
Branded chef whites for chef development days
Chef shoes
Diary/recipe book
Chef magazine subscription


If we have piqued your interest, you can contact our Training and Development Manager, Sophie Jeffrey by email on



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