Young chefs complete their training in Knowle West

Four young chefs have celebrated the completion of their 12-week training at a Knowle West cookery school with a special dinner at Bristol’s Bellita restaurant.

The How to be a Chef programme is run by Square Food Foundation (SFF) based at The Park in Daventry Road, in partnership with Bristol 24/7.

SFF is a community cookery school which teaches people of all ages, abilities and walks of life to cook good food from scratch

Over the three months the four young people – Sam, Will, Letisha and Josh – covered all basic and some more advanced culinary techniques.

The students also passed their Level 2 Food Safety certificate and BTec Level 2 in Home Cooking Skills.

Letisha who lives in Knowle West says: “Things have changed a lot since we started. We’ve got certificates, made lots of connections, had better experiences, helped at events…we have lots more knowledge of how things work.”

Following the success of this course, the next group of young chefs will be welcomed for the start of their 12-week training in April 2019.

SFF Founder and Head Teacher, Barny Haughton says: “…Knowing how to cook – even brilliantly – is nothing if you don’t make connections; with the people you cook with and for, with other people in the food world and with the soil and water good food comes from. I think that’s what the programme has brought to its students and they to it.

“It’s been a great 12 weeks. We have had lots of fun and all of us have learnt so much. May the next bit of their journey continue to be full of good food connections.”

Managing Director of Bristol 24/7, Ben Wright says: “How To Be A Chef is one of the partnerships we’re proudest of…

“We’re excited about what the future holds for them and look forward to following their progress, as well as welcoming our next cohort to Square Food Foundation in April 2019!”

The programme ended with a three-course dinner, cooked by the young chefs at Bristol’s Bellita Restaurant – just one of the food businesses which offered work experience to the students – which also included Harts Bakery, Spike Island Café and Boston Tea Party.

Square Food is currently accepting applications for its next How to be a Chef programme starting in April. For more information visit or email to register interest or enrol.