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Tyrrel Richards is now a Fully Qualified Chef after completing his apprenticeship

"I have had a number of different jobs in the past, however, in 2015, I was 34 and unemployed. I never really thought of a career in catering before but I love learning new things in life, so I decided to take on a new challenge. My employment advisor encouraged me to go for the Amadeus apprenticeship scheme and I was interviewed by Simon Hellier, Executive Chef of the ICC. We got on really well – he said he liked the way I presented myself and he really inspired me to pursue a career in the catering industry.

"I have had to really apply myself to succeed in the role so far. The way the apprenticeship scheme works is you spend one day a week at college, where I completed English and Math courses, and then four days a week in the kitchen. We learn different ways of preparing food and are then assessed in a real kitchen environment to see if we are practically applying what we have learnt. I practice at home too – it doesn’t always turn out how I want, but that’s why I practice!

"Last year I was part of the team to deliver catering services for the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC – it was a fast paced, fun and challenging time with over 300 fringe events to cater for over four days. We also provided catering for retail, VIP lounges and a business day dinner, which had a beautiful menu created by Simon Hellier. I really enjoyed the challenge of such a unique event.  

"Learning to make new dishes is what keeps me inspired. I also enjoy working with a great team and I am learning so much from Simon, the other head chefs. All the chefs are so helpful and encourage the more junior members of staff every step of the way.

"I would encourage people to look at apprenticeship schemes like the one Amadeus runs – since I’ve joined this scheme I have learnt so much.  Joining Amadeus has really changed my life!"