Welsh chef and Ambassador for Compass Cymru, Bryn Williams kicked off the Compass Cymru Apprenticeship programme at Principality Stadium in Cardiff this week.

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The large, professional kitchen at Principality Stadium, which produces close to 3,000 meals on a match day offers the perfect space for training the next generation of culinary talent.

The group included Compass Cymru apprentices as well as apprentices from training partner, Celtic Manor, with Bryn, taking the participants through the importance of seasonality while preparing dishes including backed scallops, and marinated and grilled mackerel.

Compass Cymru MD, Jane Byrd, comments: “This first workshop in our new apprenticeship scheme is an exciting start for our team. We are proud to be working with our partners to deliver training, which will ensure the next generation of talent is nurtured and retained. The opportunities offered through our apprenticeship schemes will enable employees to change or enhance their careers, while supporting the future of our food, drink and hospitality industry in Wales.”

The Compass Cymru Apprenticeship Programme creates a career progression roadmap for an individual to work towards recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships on offer include Culinary, Front of House, Facilities Management, Business Administration, Retail, Customer Service and Management.

Speaking on his involvement, Chef Bryn Williams, said: “I’m passionate about developing the chefs of the future and I truly believe working alongside other people is really the best way to learn, so I am pleased to be running our first workshop and meeting the Compass Cymru apprentices. Seasonality is key to the future of food, so it was great to be able to discuss how to maximise our fantastic Welsh larder during this session.”

Tracey Maxwell, General Manager, Principality Stadium Experience, said: “We’re delighted to open up our kitchens to Compass Cymru in support of their culinary apprenticeship scheme. Wales has a reputation for its first-class produce; to have esteemed Welsh Chef Bryn Williams demonstrating wonderful dishes alongside our own Head Chef Ryan Jones, is a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices to learn from the very best.”

For more information on the Compass Cymru apprenticeship programme please visit: www.compass-group.co.uk/compass-cymru