Pemberton based healthy food restaurant, The Lean Kitchen, cooked up a storm at Wigan & Leigh College’s recent Careers Fair.

Head Chef and former Wigan & Leigh College student, Stuart Robinson, along with manager Louise Churton, were on hand to search for a potential apprentice chef to join the company.

The Careers Fair took place on 24th January and included a vast array of businesses and organisations ranging from the BBC to the RAF as well as many local businesses in a range of sectors including the health industry, hospitality and the GM Fire Service.

Students attended the event to further develop their employability skills by speaking to employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace. They were also given the chance to discuss their aspirations and find out more about the wide range of career opportunities available.

The restaurant, which specialises in balanced meals and healthy foods, is owned by another former student of Wigan & Leigh College, Allan Barlow, who had previously studied sport.

Stuart, who studied Level 3 Catering at the College’s Parsons Walk Centre, has worked his way up the ranks at establishments across the North West before becoming Head Chef of The Lean Kitchen.

He said: “We are looking for an apprentice chef and are looking for someone who is passionate about sport and nutrition so that they can provide information on diet and healthy lifestyles. “

We want someone who’s keen and wants to become a chef and attending the Careers Fair has given us an opportunity to speak to aspiring Chefs. The students have been really engaged in discussing their career goals with us and we are also working closely with the FAB Futures team at Wigan & Leigh College to recruit for the position.”

The College’s FAB Futures team offer an apprenticeship vacancy matching service to employers to help them secure a suitable apprentice. For further information, contact the team on

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