Minister for Youth and Women's Employment, Annabelle Ewing, MSP and chefs, winner of Scotland’s Young Chef of the Year, Adam Newth, and MasterChef The Professionals reigning champion, Jamie Scott, announced as special guests attending the 3rd Scottish Big Hospitality Conversation at the Apex Hotel in Dundee today, 26th January, where over 300 new jobs pledges will be made.
The event by British Hospitality Association, in a UK-wide partnership with Springboard and Department for Work and Pensions, will welcome over 120 Scottish businesses and pledge up to 100 new jobs and over 200 apprenticeships and work placements for young people, between 16-24 years old.
Willie Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland said: “We are delighted that Annabelle Ewing MSP and chefs, Adam and Jamie, will attend our event in Dundee and show their support for young people in the area. It will be great to showcase the success of these events, which take place around the UK, to the Minister and highlight the huge impact they have on young people’s lives.
“Having both chefs there to talk about their own experiences and successful careers is a great way to let young people hear first-hand how exciting this industry is to work in.”
One-to-one and group conversations with key business leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry will take place at the event and panel discussions with apprentices who have already began to work their way up the hospitality career ladder.
Jamie Scott, MasterChef The Professionals winner said: “I am delighted to be part of The Big Hospitality Conversation and feel that it’s a great event to host in Dundee given the ongoing developments and business growth this area will see over the coming years. Encouraging young people to venture in the hospitality industry is a great passion of mine as they are the blood line to our continuous development within our every expanding industry. I will be pledging on the day for my venture, The Newport Restaurant and look forward to conversations with young people on the day.”
Adam Newth, Scotland’s Young Chef of the Year said: “The Big Hospitality Conversation is a great way to showcase and celebrate the hospitality industry, especially to young people who are the up and coming future of the industry. It’s very topical given Dundee’s regeneration at present, with new eateries and dining concepts popping up across the city, including my new own venture at The Tayberry restaurant in Broughty Ferry.
“I’m sure the young people will take a lot away from the event and I’m delighted to have been asked to attend.”
The event in Dundee, which will be the 36th Big Hospitality Conversation event in the UK, where 47,000 job opportunities have already been created, is sponsored by Apex Hotels, Tayside Audio Visual (TAV) in Forfar, Brakes and Fishers Laundry in Cupar.