Michel Roux Jr champions training through his TV series Service! His acclaimed restaurant Le Gavroche offers apprenticeships and scholarships and he is patron of Springboard for disadvantaged youth.

“I left school at 16 and did an apprenticeship and grew up seeing my father and uncle taking on apprentices. I want to carry on this great tradition. An apprenticeship is invaluable."

He admits encouraging young people into Front of House jobs is challenging.  

“With the glamorous image of TV chefs, there’s no problem getting kids into the kitchen while waiting on tables is seen as a holiday job. But FOH can be a rewarding career.

Service! sparked a huge uptake of college places for FOH, hospitality management and bar training.

“We even introduced National Waiters Day!”


Hospitality has a reputation for poor pay and conditions however this is changing.

Michel says: “Yes it’s a tough job working long hours but the rewards are plentiful. A lot of boys and girls are looking for this kind of job satisfaction.

“You can travel through this industry. There are restaurants, bars and hotels in every corner of the world!”

Michel believes it’s vital for employers to offer training.

“Busy restaurants have little time to train staff but just 15 minutes a day makes a difference.



“My advice to employers is assess one staff member every day. A routine chat clears the air. Give encouragement and get feedback.

“Training pays off. The more you put in, the bigger the reward!”