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National Apprenticeship Week: Selby College celebrates its Apprentices

Tuesday 8 February 2022

By Selby College

8th February 2022 - Former Apprentice lands Head Chef role

Luke Royle and Chef at Mercure Wetherby

Former Hospitality and Catering Apprentice at Selby College Luke Royle has gone on to fulfil a successful career in the industry, securing a Head Chef role at Mercure Hotel.

Following his Level 3 Chef De Partie Apprenticeship, Luke secured a full-time role as a Chef De Partie at Loftsome Bridge Hotel in Wressle, Selby, before moving on to Mercure Hotel in Wetherby.

As part of his role as Head Chef, Luke oversees the creation of the menu for the Hotel and manages a team of six Chefs. Luke also deals with suppliers both locally and nationally to ensure good quality produce for the restaurant and is in charge of managing and ordering stock.

“As part of my Apprenticeship, I learnt a lot about different working methods and how to work effectively with different roles and personalities within the Hospitality and Catering industry. I believe this knowledge, as well as my experience working in kitchens since I was 18 years old, are a great asset to me in my role as Head Chef. I enjoy making complex dishes and putting together new menu ideas, so it’s great to be able to have the team, equipment and produce to bring these dishes to life,” added Luke.

Luke studied A Levels at Selby College before deciding he wanted to embark on a career in Hospitality and Catering, first starting at York Marina in 2015 before moving on to the Black Dogg Inn at Camblesforth in September 2017. Luke then progressed onto a Level 3 Chef De Partie Apprenticeship at the College, where he carried out his practical assessments at the Black Dogg Inn.

7th February 2022 - Check out our new Apprenticeships Prospectus!

We kickstarted National Apprenticeship Week with the launch of our brand-new Apprenticeships Prospectus.

Check out the wide range of Apprenticeships we offer and hear from some of our current and former Apprentices by reading our 2022-2023 Prospectus below:

Apprenticeships Prospectus 2022-2023