Our Vision

The Exclusive Chefs' Academy will develop the talented and passionate chefs of the future. Within our centre of excellence our inspirational programme will elevate the best to become the exceptional.


The Exclusive Chefs' Academy is a career development programme created to increase opportunities for chefs within the Exclusive Hotels and Venues Group.  The programme offers a wide range of experiences around our many diverse and award winning restaurants, extensive conference, banqueting and pastry kitchens and draws on the vast experience or our talented chefs.

Develop yourself

Andy Mackenzie

Andy Mackenzie leading the Chefs' Academy

Andy Mackenzie has been a chef with Exclusive Hotels and Venues for nearly 30 years.  During this time he has been Hampshire Chef of the year multiple times.  He is on the board of Hampshire Fare and has performed hundreds of cooking demonstrations at schools, colleges, food festivals and even radio stations.  He was instrumental in launching 'Create and Cook' a cookery competition aimed at showcasing the culinary skills of young people across Hampshire.

The Chefs' Academy - Whats Involved

The Chefs' Academy is a unique opportunity to fine tune your cooking skills, develop your career and set yourself on the road to success and promotion.


skills driven training

Do you have what it takes?

The Academy is for commis chefs with at least one year of experience (preferable) and has been designed to equip you with the skills and experience needed to take you from Commis to Chef de Partie.  As a full time member of the kitchen team you will be based at one of our properties across the business and be exposed to the different cooking styles of our award winning chefs.  In addition you will also enjoy extensive off-the-job training away from your usual workplace involving masterclasses, go on visits to the producers of the quality ingredients used in the business and attend workshops led by experts in their field.

You will be issued with your own set of chefs' knives, a full uniform including chefs' whites, aprons, and appropriate safety shoes.  By committing to the two year programme you will also enjoy complimentary meals during your working hours as well as staff discounts on accommodation and food and drinks at all Exclusive Hotels and Venues.

Exclusive Hotels and Venues' commitment to development will ensure that the focus is balanced between your needs as a chef and the needs of the business and will cover team challenges and competitions involving rigorous assessment.

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Your Exclusive Academy Journey

As part of your journey you will have the opportunity to:

Experience our extensive range of Exclusive kitchens
Learn from the very best banqueting professionals
Practice advanced pastry techniques
Work in our Fine Dining Restaurants
Prepare dishes for high profile clients
work with a wide range of quality produce
Visit our extensive range of suppliers
Learn how to source quality ingredients
Develop your kitchen management skills
Enter external competitions and raise your profile
Build your leadership skills

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