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Meet the Team


 

Introducing Callum Watson - Apprentice Chef

How long have you worked with us?

I joined Suzanne James as an apprentice in Mid August 2016.

What made you decide to train as a chef?

I was a plasterer for four years but decided I wanted to pursue my passion for cooking, and to preserve my youthful looks - that lime dries your skin out no end!

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I got the chance to cook a hog roast a week ago and really enjoyed it, I have wanted to try that for years!!

What's your favourite food to eat?

I like Japanese cuisine, particularly ramen (noodle soups).

I would love to open my own Japanese Restaurant one day.

If you could dine with anyone, past or present who would it be?

I would be happy having a few bar snacks, followed by dinner with my best mates as they are the people I most enjoy hanging out with.

Tell us about the apprentice scheme?

This is a one year course.  I attend Westminster Kingsway College one day a week and spend the rest of my time working at Suzanne James. At the end of the year I will have my NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery.  I then plan to spend a further two years at the same college to obtain my NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery, and another NVQ in Restaurant Management - I am a man on a mission!

What do you like to do when you're not at work?

I'm 21, so what can I tell you?  It's work hard, play hard.  I like to go out and have a good time with my mates, but you wont find me on the dance floor.

So far, what have you found to be the hardest thing about being a chef?

Everyone says the same thing I think - the long hours, it is tough being on your feet for over 12 hours a day (thankfully not every day), but I am told you get used to it.

If you weren't a chef what would you be?

I've always liked carpentry, so I think if I hadn't been able to train as a chef that would have been my next choice.

In your opinion what makes Suzanne James different from other catering companies?

The other companies don't have Sue and her beautiful smiles every day - what more can I say?

I did try some other placements, but really enjoyed working with Natalia and Sue, so I was over the moon when I was offered the full apprenticeship.