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Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX

ANEW Canadian gastro bar has appointed more than 150 new recruits thanks to an advert placed in the Evening Chronicle.

The Shark Club - which will open opposite St James' Park later this summer - is an a gastro bar chain with venues across British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and will be opening its first UK venue in Newcastle in a few months' time.

The new Shark recruits will be toasting their new jobs and learning about a new culture in time for Canada Day on Friday, July 1. More than 1200 people applied for the roles, which included supervisors, servers, bartenders, bar support and culinary team members and, next month, the successful candidates will begin Shark Club's intensive training programme.

One of the new recruits is Nick Vermaat, who moved to Newcastle from Holland with his parents when he was 19 and now lives in the city.

He will be joining the Shark Club as supervisor and brings with him experience of working at Matfen Hall and the Apartment Group. He said: "I have been looking to move up the career ladder and I was really interested to work for a Canadian company and understanding about their hospitality.

"When I saw the advert in the Chronicle I thought it would be the sort of challenge I was looking for. I couldn't believe it when I was offered the job, and I can't wait to start."

The bar occupies a prime spot on the ground floor of the multimillion-pound Sandman Signature Hotel development which itself is based on the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle brewery site opposite St James' Park.

It will feature 40 HD, flat-screen TVs, 3D projector, table service, dance floor, function rooms, VIP room and a heated outside terrace.

One of its new servers is Jodie Kean, who lives in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, and saw the advert after finishing a degree in mathematics from Northumbria University.

She said: "I'm really excited to be working for a high-profile Canadian company - it's just the opportunity I was looking for to earn extra money to pay off all my student loans.

"I saw the advert in the Chronicle and was really keen to apply for a position. In particular, the training sounds excellent, which will give me extra skills in top-quality hospitality in the future."

There will also be a big emphasis on food at the Shark Club, with a menu that fuses together a mix of Asian, Italian and Mid-West Canadian food.

The company has also appointed top chef Wayne Jackson, who previously worked at the Angel Inn at Corbridge, and who has spent several months in Canada as part of his training.

Mr Jackson said: "When I found out that Shark Club was coming to Newcastle I knew it would bring something of a buzz to the city.

"Spending six months in Canada training at Shark Club venues in both Vancouver and Saskatechwan was such a fantastic opportunity.

"It meant that I could learn first-hand about hospitality the North American way. "They have different ideas when it comes to using and cooking food, not to mention a range of unique, authentic Canadian-style dishes."

Mark Davies, executive general manager of Shark Club, said: "We were really pleased with the response we received from the Chronicle and the high calibre of the candidates who applied.

"We're in good spirits with Canada Day round the corner and we're eager to get the training programme underway and bring our new team together."

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FLYING THE FLAG - Mark Davies, (centre) executive general manager of the Shark Club with new recruits, from left, Eve Hodges, Nick Vermaat, Amy Rose, Jodie Kean, Adam Archer and James Innes
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2011
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