Star Pubs & Bars has launched a series of specialist food workshops to address what it says is a severe shortage of skilled kitchen staff in the industry.
The one-day workshops will be open to both kitchen staff and licensees and aim to address practical skills such as working with meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, menu development and healthy eating and allergens.
Star says it has invested £24,000 in providing 12 free workshops over the next six months, benefitting around 240 pubs.
Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director said: 'Food is a massive income opportunity for pubs. Customer expectations are higher than ever and the food has got to be good for licensees to succeed.
'Trained kitchen staff are essential to deliver great food and with a crisis in the availability of qualified people we want to do all we can to make the necessary training available.'
Earlier this year, the Heineken-owned pub chain pledged to spend £20m in refurbishing its 1,050-strong estate during 2016, alongside a £75,000 investment in chef training support for 100 licensees.