Star Pubs & Bars launches pub industry's first online food training course

Star Pubs & Bars lessees and their staff will be the first in the pub industry to benefit from a specialist online food training course. Adapted from the company’s food training lectures and demonstrations, the course is designed to boost pub food sales whilst reducing the time and expense spent on attending courses.

The bespoke Good Food Partnership course, launched this month, provides insight into what consumers want from pub food and the expertise and standards required. The course provides grounding in the basic skills covering areas such as the importance of spec sheets to maintain consistency, staff training and presentation. There are also master classes on a number of topics including step-by-step demonstrations on how to cook the perfect steak, roasting joints and carving.

The course will be launched through CPL, providers of Star Pubs & Bars elearning package, and is the only one of its kind. To date the only online food courses suitable for pubs have been on basic food hygiene. On completion, participants will receive a certificate in recognition of their training.

Says Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs & Bars:  “Over the last year we ran over 25 demonstration and lecture courses around the country for lessees looking to offer food. The courses were very popular and well received, however many more wanted to attend but had to wait or couldn’t take time out of the business. We want every pub in the Star Pubs & Bars estate to serve food by 2020, providing 50% of their sales.  To achieve this ambition it is important that lessees are given the skills and confidence they need to establish reputations as a great pub offering good food. This is what this course provides.  It can be done anytime, anywhere and as it is part of our elearning package, comes at no extra charge. The value of the course lies not just in the money and time lessees save, but in the enhanced dining experience for customers at the end, which will translate into improvements to the bottom line and long-term profitability of the business.”