Butcher's Social starts training the next generation of top chefs - The Solihull Observer

Butcher's Social starts training the next generation of top chefs

Solihull Editorial 4th Aug, 2021   0

THE Butcher’s Social at The Forest Hotel in Dorridge has welcomed three trainees, which include a live-in placement and the opportunity to work in a London-based Michelin Star restaurant.

Working with the Birmingham College of Food at the University College Birmingham (UCB), to identify suitable recruits, The Butcher’s Social is investing in a training programme to ensure high standards of food and service offering, and provide clear career paths with exciting opportunities for young people with aspirations to carve out a career in the hospitality industry.

Top chef hopefuls Hannah Jenkins, Jamie Mcleod and Finn Ladbrooke will be combining their studies with hands-on experience leading to positions at a respected establishment.

The Forest Hotel came under new ownership from local investors Russell Martin and Darryl Eales – and award winning chef Mike Bullard – in May, introducing The Butcher’s Social, an established dining brand founded 10 years ago by Mike, and which operated for five of those years in Henley-in-Arden.




Finn has joined The Butcher’s Social following two years’ training at the College of Food, and has already been undertaking hands-on activities within the kitchen.

Hannah is halfway through a degree course in Culinary Arts Management at the Birmingham College of Food at the UCB, and will be living in at The Forest to be able to fully immerse herself in operations from all aspects of front of house and back of house operations, to support her studies.


Following, and completing the trio, is 16-year-old Jamie Mcleod, whose placement starts at The Butcher’s Social in September to coincide with the start of his NVQ studies at UCB in Professional Cookery.

Jamie will have the opportunity to receive world-class training in a Michelin star restaurant in London, thanks to Mike’s links with the industry.

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