Northcote on the lookout for the next Chef of the Year

 Northcote launches apprenticeship programme; a once in a lifetime opportunity to join Lancashire chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and her team 

Michelin star restaurant Northcote is set to make culinary dreams come true with the launch of its apprenticeship programme, spearheaded by 2022 ‘Chef of the Year’, Lisa Goodwin-Allen.  

Located in the heart of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, a destination which is quickly establishing itself as the food capital of the north, Northcote is a boutique 26-bedroom hotel which is part of The Stafford Collection. 

With ambitious expansion plans and state-of-the-art facilities, Northcote is looking to bring in fresh talent to its apprenticeship programme and is on the lookout for five individuals who are enthusiastic about hospitality and want to learn from the best.   

Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen is renowned for her fantastic training culture and is incredibly passionate about developing talent that will help create a path for successful careers. Having risen through the ranks at Northcote, taking over the reins at the tender age of just 23, Lisa really is an inspiration to those wanting to make an impact in the hospitality industry. When she was awarded The 2022 CATEY Chef of the Year award on 5th July, the judges described her as “an incredibly hardworking individual who embraces, showcases and develops young talent; a great, inspiring role model and shining light.”  

Lisa works across the whole kitchen; managing the team, developing new dishes, handling the ins and outs of the commercial side of the kitchen, and creates a passionate and positive place for the team to work. 

As a Northcote kitchen apprentice, budding chefs will work closely with Lisa and will be enrolled in Northcote’s training provider, which works together with the kitchen management team to schedule and oversee education, progression and development from the start to finish.  

Over the two-year programme, apprentices will have the opportunity to gain paid work experience, earning a minimum of £7 per hour, which is a 45% increase on the Government’s recommended national average of £4.81 and will receive the same benefits as Northcote employees. 

After successfully completing the apprenticeship, all students will be offered a permanent contract as a Northcote chef and the scheme will continue to invest in their development, offering future promotional opportunities. Successful apprentices will receive a level 2 or 3 qualification in ProfessionalCookery. 

Offering flexibility for its employees, Northcote’s apprentices work a 40-hour week, set times, 9.00am – 5.00pm, 5 days a week,  as well as a number of benefits including; 

  • Up to 50% staff discount on food and beverage throughout the Stafford Collection 

  • Discounts with Pride of Britain hotels 

  • Staff accommodation if required 

  • Up to £3,000 bonus paid bi-monthly 

  • Reward Gateway membership 

  • Support in entering top industry competitions 

If dreams are filled with Michelin Stars, gourmet menus and a supportive and exceptional brigade, then people are encouraged to get in touch with Northcote’s HR team on 

For more information on Northcote, visit

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