Once upon a time in Aberdeen there were two young chefs who dreamed of working in a Michelin Starred restaurant, and this dream has now been realised by Helen Humphrey, Foyer Restaurant, Crown Street and Fraser Zwart, Howies Restaurant, Chapel Street.
Helen and Fraser have won a Schorlaship to go and work at Nobu Restaurant in London for two weeks from the 8th of October 2007.
The Nobu chain was created after a meeting between De Niro and Chef Nobuyuki Matsushisa in Los Angeles over 20 years ago. Nobu was the first Asian chef to appear in the Michelin guide, and is one of the world's most fashionable restaurants, renowned in New York, London, and Milan as a magnet for A List Diners, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bill Clinton are regular customers. The London Evening Standard claims that Nobu is the "sexiest, most lascivious restaurant in London".
Nobu draws upon his classical training at Sushi bars in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina and around the world to create a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine.
The scholarship is awarded by Hospitality Training, an industry owned training association based in Aberdeen. Stewart Spence, Chairman said "this is a fantastic opportunity for Helen and Fraser to experience the level of commitment and skills needed to be successful at the top end of the global Hospitality Industry".
The scholars were chosen from 180 young people who are currently working toward their Modern Apprenticeship with Hospitality Training. The Modern Apprenticeship is a National Training programme funded by Scottish Enterprise Grampian. Karen Black, General Manager of Hospitality Training said "It is vital the young people have opportunities to develop their skills, and learn from the scholarship experience. I am confident that our scholars will return to Aberdeen with a greater appreciation of food quality, and imaginative use of ingredients. They will be full of new ideas, ideas that they will turn into reality during their career as chefs in Aberdeen".
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