Restaurateurs pledge ‘COVID comeback’ for young people

THE team behind a Dundee restaurant has pledged to work with local colleges in order to create a “COVID comeback” for young people in the city with aspirations of working in hospitality.

Nikos Matsikas, general manager of Brasserie Ecosse, said the restaurant has trained several front and back-of-house staff since it opened in 2018, including commis chef Jordan Miller, who has been with the venue for two years while studying part-time at college; and he is determined to continue supporting local talent.

“The industry has always faced criticism that not enough homegrown talent features in the market – well now is the time to change that, but young people need the proper cross-training to understand every aspect of running a venue such as ours, together with mentoring,” said Matsikas.

Head chef Scott Cameron added that the team “will be reaching out to the local hospitality colleges again to let them know we are willing to help with work placements and so on”.

“Now, more than ever, this is so desperately needed to make sure our industry is strong and ready to fight back when the recovery properly starts, which will hopefully kick in next year,” said Cameron.

“Dundee is now home to some amazing restaurants to rival the best in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and it would be a tragedy to lose any of them.”