The Cinnamon Collection, which is owned by Boparan Restaurants, has launched “Cinnamon Starts”, a chef de partie training programme. Aimed at novice chefs who have completed an NVQ Level 2 or college equivalent, the programme will train young chefs for jobs across all four of the group’s London restaurants – The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and the newly opened Cinnamon Bazaar.
The year-long programme is led by group development and training chef Rakesh Ravindran Nair, who has worked with The Cinnamon Collection since the opening of The Cinnamon Club in 2001. It offers a guaranteed chef de partie position on successful completion and financially supports trainees with a £22,000 salary throughout the course, which will rise to £25,000 on finishing. After two years of working at The Cinnamon Collection, trainees will have the opportunity to enrol in a sous chef development programme.
An open day and interview session will take place on Monday, 30 January at Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street. Offering a path to potentially achieve a head chef position within six years, the programme is part of the ongoing expansion of The Cinnamon Collection, an investment in talent from within the group.
Executive chef and chief executive Vivek Singh said: “I’m delighted to be launching Cinnamon Starts this year, supporting the next generation of chefs and bringing even more talent into The Cinnamon Collection as we grow. Rakesh’s training programme will offer young chefs a clear path of career progression and I look forward to seeing many young chefs rise through the ranks with us!”