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Financial Mirror: Main course for chefs.

A COURSE which has produced some of Britain's top chefs still has places this year for keen candidates.

The Academy for the Culinary Arts has produced world-class talent, including Prince Charles's personal chef.

The aim of the academy's Specialised Chef's Scholarship scheme - now in its 13th year - is to target students aged 16 to 18 and to revive the reputation of skill-starved British restaurants.

Jaxon Keedwell, who was trained at the academy before taking up a post with oil heir Paul Getty, says: "The problem now is that school-leavers can quite easily find jobs in the IT and computer industry, which pay high wages from the start. High-salaried catering jobs are hard to come by.

"Unfortunately, school-leavers are more driven by money than their passion for a particular vocation - and cooking is all about passion."

Jenny Brett, who is in charge of the course which is at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education, says: "Considering the growing public interest in cooking, the lack of applicants for next year is incredibly surprising.

"We're not here to breed a classroom of high-profile celebrity chefs, but to cultivate passion and expertise in those who demonstrate a passion for food and its preparation."

Unlike other further education courses, trainees are paid a weekly wage and receive free accommodation and tuition.

Anyone interest should contact: Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education on 01202 205 836.
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Author:Education, Richard Garner
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2000
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