Meet Darren

Darren is at the forefront of the delivery to our learners as a hospitality Regional Apprenticeship Trainer. Having started his career as a rosette-winning chef at four star hotels and restaurants Darren made the move to his role to share his expertise and knowledge with our apprentices. Who knows, he may be training the next Gordon Ramsey or Nigella Lawson. An avid rock and metal fan, David certainly rocks his role at Lifetime.

I get a much better work-life balance from Lifetime than being a chef - I can have some quality time with my kids

Job security and they keep us well trained

I started in the hospitality industry as a Commis Chef back in the late 1980's and then got promoted to a Chef de Partie role and then to a Sous Chef role in a four star hotel in Kensington, London. From there I moved on to become a Senior Sous Chef, then on to Head Chef for Heritage hotels and McDonald's Hotel. I moved in to and Executive Chef role for Sidmouth Hotels where I achieved two rosettes. It was then that I decided to join the training sector.

Being involved in the Peoples 1st gold award

Every day is a challenge in this job and you just have to be resourceful and be able to react and deal with what you are dealt on a daily basis

I get a much better work life balance from Lifetime than being a chef and it counts for a lot because I can have some quality time with my kids

For such a large employer I think they listen to us at the sharp end and what we say counts because they do change things based on feedback from employees