Young apprentices learning from the professionals at award-winning North Lincolnshire restaurant

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Jan 2019

Three young chefs have been given an opportunity to learn from the professionals in apprenticeships at an award-winning North Lincolnshire restaurant.

The apprentices have jumped at the chance to learn from Slawomir Mikolajczyk, the owner of the Hope and Anchor in South Ferriby, who trained with some of the biggest names in the world of cookery.

Once their apprenticeship is complete, the aim is for the young chefs to gain full-time employment at the restaurant.

Among them is 16-year-old Demeetri Nikolaidis, who left home four months ago to pursue his career.

He said: "My family has fish and chip shops so I've always been involved in food and came to the Hope and Anchor on work experience.

"I really enjoyed it so when I heard they were taking on another apprentice I asked if it could be me."


The Hope and Anchor in South Ferriby

Demeetri said leaving home at a young age to live in a staff house was not a problem as he was determined to secure his future.

He said: "It's a fantastic place to work and I’ve learned so much."

Demeetri is joined at the North Lincolnshire restaurant by fellow apprentices Tom "TJ" Scrivener, 20, and Connor Barley, 17. Tom choose a career in food over studying film at university.

Tom said: "I am much better at doing something really practical, so this is perfect for me and I absolutely love being a chef and learning new things. It's been an amazing opportunity."

Connor, who has been at the Hope and Anchor for eight months, started as a pot-washer before working his way up to becoming an apprentice in the garnish section.

He said: "I loved watching everything that was going on in the kitchen so when the chance came for an apprenticeship, I jumped at it.

"I've had the opportunity to do a little bit of everything and it's confirmed that this really is the career for me."

The Hope and Anchor is listed in the 2019 Michelin guide under the Bib Gourmand section for "good quality, good value cooking" and has been named Best Pub in Lincolnshire at the National Pub and Bar Awards for the last two years.

Slawomir said he was delighted to support the next generation of culinary talent.

"The industry has a real shortage of chefs so it's vital that we do what we can to encourage young people into the industry," he said.

"We're very proud of everything they've achieved in a relatively short space of time and we are delighted they are part of our team."



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