This Scottish pub group is helping disadvantaged young people become chefs.

The Edinburgh-based Beer for Good group has launched a chef training programme, as the next step in the creation of an academy for catering staff.

The group has developed a tapas menu, which will teach trainees how to use a range of ingredients plus learn different cooking styles.

Head chef Matthias Sandler (pictured above) said: “We’re going to recruit young people who maybe haven’t done well at school, or who have struggled to find work, and give them the support and training for them to become fully trained chefs, and help turn their lives around.

“A shortage of chefs is bad for everyone. It means more pressure on us, but also poorer quality for customers.

“It’s another reason why this course is so important. It’s coming at just the right time.”



Meatballs from the tapas menu


The menu is being served in the group’s flagship Harry’s Bar in Edinburgh, which reopened last year as a social enterprise bar and restaurant.

Applicants for the programme would come from referral partner organisations such as Prince’s Trust, with the first cohort due to start at the end of this month.  

Beer for Good is Scotland’s only social enterprise pub chain and owns and operates several venues in Edinburgh, including Harry’s, Southside Social and Café 4 Good.

It works to provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds training and work opportunities.