It’s not customary for me to consider how new immigration laws may affect the national hospitality sector, but when it comes to global cuisine, it is a question worth evaluating.
UK immigration minister Damian Green’s revised laws are projected to lead to a 66% reduction in the number of skilled migrants allowed to enter our country, per year. What this legislation hopes to achieve, is to of course open up a vast number of jobs to UK nationals within the hospitality industry and beyond.
It goes without saying that the restaurant business is heavily influenced by such turn of events, and we are in some sectors, experiencing a shortage of well-trained chefs, particularly in the Asian food market.
Let’s take sushi as an example.
A firm favourite amongst the English for lunch – overtaking the long favoured lunchtime sarnie – sushi has become a highly profitable enterprise, growing by a remarkable 22% every year since 2008, with sales of sushi rising 21% year on year, and the total UK sushi market now worth an estimated £38.9 million per annum. If those numbers don’t mean much to you, how about this one: sushi sales at Waitrose have recently increased by as much as 88%.
Evidently, the demand for qualified sushi chefs in the UK is higher than ever before. This is where Your Sushi School comes in.
Your Sushi School, a sister company of Bristol-based Your Sushi, has been created to offer aspiring sushi chefs and restaurants comprehensive professional training programs (including certified sushi training and business consultancy services), catered to the UK market. The training programs pride themselves on having instructors that boast enviable sushi pedigrees – most of them have a cool 25 years plus on their CV within the sushi trade. And what the school ultimately hopes to achieve, is to become an institute for higher sushi learning, and a community to develop and foster home grown sushi talent.
But don’t be intimidated by all this talk of higher learning and professionalism. The program is suited to individuals of varied backgrounds, such as catering chefs and restaurant chefs, to private cooks and sushi enthusiasts. Classes will comprise six students, and will be sure to meet the specific needs of each pupil.
Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate along with a ‘sushi cost calculator’, designed to help and guide independent sushi businesses. But what we love most about Your Sushi School, is the spirit of community that it engenders. As a Your Sushi School graduate, you are entitled to seek the advice and expertise of the Your Sushi School chefs whenever you desire – that’s a lifetime guarantee. Plus, the training programs can be undertaken in the five following languages: English, French, Malay, Cantonese and Portuguese. Hard to say no to, we think.
By Rosa Park
Images from Your Sushi School