Henley pub operator and brewer Brakspear has appointed its first ever apprentice, Henry Engbers, who joins as trainee chef in the Bull on Bell Street, the company’s managed pub in Henley-on-Thames.
Engbers, 19, comes with an impressive record of food and hospitality experience, having worked as a trainee chef at River Cottage, as well as kitchen and waiting placements with Henley Regatta and the Best Parties Ever group in Reading.
Engbers is enrolled on a 12-month Apprenticeship in Hospitality & Catering at Henley College, where he will spend one day each month studying. His training at the Bull will be overseen by head chef Rob Chasteauneuf.
Matt Aket, Brakspear’s operations manager, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Henry to Brakspear. He has already impressed us with his evident passion for cooking and understanding of the hospitality industry.
“Like all food-led pubs, we want to attract the best talent into our kitchens and apprenticeships offer us a way to develop young, enthusiastic students into skilled chefs. We hope to take on other apprentices, both at the Bull and at our other managed site, the Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold.”
Karen Wick, marketing and communications officer at Henley College said, “We’re very pleased to have placed Henry as an apprentice at the Bull. It’s a busy pub with a good reputation for food, so Henry will have plenty of opportunity to learn all about food service, while also studying for a recognised qualification. We wish him well in this next step in his chosen career.”