The Inn Collection to tackle national chef shortage

UK: Hospitality operator, The Inn Collection Group, will counter a national shortage of chefs in the trade by growing talent from within.

Richard Moore has recently been appointed group development chef at The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth, Northumberland, following his role as head chef.

Moore has previous experience working in London hotel kitchens, and headed up the Theatre Royal in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for 11 years. Here, he cooked for royalty including Prince Charles as well as other famous names in UK acting.

In his new role, Moore plans to set up a chef’s training program as the group continues to double its portfolio by 2022.

Moore said: “It’s no secret that there is a chronic shortage of chefs nationally. Long working hours and often unrealistic expectations has seen as dip in young people moving in to the hospitality sector. The future of the hospitality industry and businesses like The Inn Collection Group lies in the hands of young people coming through. If you have the right environment, training and atmosphere, then people will want to get into the hospitality sector and, more importantly, feel valued and want to stay.”

Moore continued: “Years ago, young people, myself included, viewed going into a professional kitchen as a fantastic achievement. We need to revitalise that spirit, to open young people’s eyes to the genuine opportunities available within the industry and to encourage them to see a career as a chef as one worthy of their time and energy. I am extremely excited about taking on the challenge of building on our already strong creative team and nurturing our existing and future young talent.”

Talks are already underway between Moore and the Northumberland College in Ashington to set up a new chef training program, and to introduce kitchen apprenticeships to the company which currently employs 370 staff across its ten sites.

Around 70 more jobs are set to be created in the Lake District with the opening of The Ambleside Inn in December and The Coniston Inn in Spring 2020.

Managing director at The Inn Collection, Sean Donkin, commented: “We tend to find that local people care more and also understand what it is our customers want and need, whether that be general advice on the area or recommendation on where to go for a day out. Richard is the ideal person to ensure we can continue to find, train and retain local people within the business. He is very good at imparting his own passion and care on to others.”

The group are seeking new development opportunities in the Lake District and Yorkshire, as well as within the north-east of England where it currently operates sites in Northumberland and County Durham.

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