Training yourself up on kitchen basics could make your life easier when it comes to helping and managing chefs. 

Fuller's strongly believes managers should have experience working in the kitchen, so that they can understand what chefs need and can lend a hand in busy times.

As part of its manager training course, trainees are required to work with their chefs to come up with a three course menu to suit their pub. Then they must cook it and serve it up to a panel of Fuller's judges.

The idea is not specifically about kitchen skills, but about understanding the day-to-day tasks of the kitchen, so staff can be supported properly. 

We went along to the Fuller's training kitchen in Hospitality House, East Finchley, to find out what the managers thought of the training, and to try a few dishes ourselves.

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