A Greenock restaurant has served up jobs for two aspiring chefs in a show of support to Inverclyde’s young people.
Bosses at Fenwick 47 in West Blackhall Street have taken on Greenock chefs Shannon Murphy, 23, and Scott Anderson, 18, and say that investing in youth is a key ingredient for the business.
The Greenock trainees are cooking up a storm working under respected head chef Tony Reid.
It comes as events take place across the country to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week from March 5-9 and follows the recent launch of Year of the Young People 2018, which is celebrating the contribution and impact young people make in communities across the country.
Shannon, who lives in Bow Road, Greenock is newly-qualified having gained an HND in professional cookery and patisserie from the City of Glasgow College following a stint studying at the West College Scotland (WCS) campus in Finnart Street, Greenock.
“In my last year at college I was working in patisserie so this is a completely different learning curve for me. This is the first time I’ve worked in a restaurant and it’s excellent because I just love cooking. It’s a nice bonus for me to have started in here before I graduated.”
Fellow chef Scott, who is from Broomhill in Greenock, is currently working his way through his cookery qualifications at WCS Greenock and has loved every minute of his apprenticeship so far.
“It’s great in here and I’m learning a lot. This is a great experience for me.”
Fenwick’s opened in September last year and currently employs 13 members of staff. General manager, Alex McGilp, is delighted to welcome the new recruits on board.
“We’re pleased to give these guys an opportunity, especially with 2018 being the Year of Young People. They have a real interest in cooking and both want to make a career out of it and who better to learn from than Tony, who has vast experience and has taken these young kids under his wing.
“The future of the industry is in good hands with these guys.”
Head chef Tony added:
“I’m delighted to be supporting chefs of tomorrow.”
You can find more details about Fenwick 47 here.
This article appeared in the Greenock Telegraph on 6 March and on-line on 7 March – the article can be found here.
Photo courtesy of George Munro at the Greenock Telegraph.