Staging is simply essential
— Ashley Palmer-Watts, Executive Chef, Dinner By Heston

Welcome to Way of the Chef - The world’s ONLY dedicated chef stage website!

We stage in as many restaurants as possible across the UK to provide unique insight into the dynamic and varied world of the stagiaire and to help chefs to discover their ideal stage. 

With millions of kitchens worldwide, thousands of chefs to learn from and hundreds of different cuisines to discover; the possibilities really are endless with staging.


What is a Stage?

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A stage is a cooking internship and one of the oldest forms of education in the industry. Staging in a restaurant allows chefs to learn new techniques, discover new cuisines and ingredients, to soak up the atmosphere of a new kitchen and to gain invaluable experience working under a new chef.

With an ever-growing number of stage articles - including three Michelin starred restaurants and some on the World’s 50 Best list - interviews with top chefs and in-depth stagiaire guides soon to be released; Way of the Chef is the ultimate stage destination for chefs.


Latest Stages


The Pony & Trap
Chew Magna, Bristol

Chef: Josh Eggleton
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Two AA Rosettes

Wild garlic picking, ticket calling and a Chinese takeaway chef turned Michelin starred-commis. Our stage at Josh Eggleton’s brilliant countryside pub had the lot.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality March 2019)

Kitchen Table
Fitzrovia, London

Chef: James Knappett
Cuisine: Modern British
Two Michelin Stars
Three AA Rosettes

Perhaps the most intimate kitchen in the UK? Twenty diners sit in a horseshoe-shaped bar top around the open kitchen at James Knappett’s London restaurant. And there is no room for error, for chef or stagiaire…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality March 2018)

Dinner by Heston
Knightsbridge, London

Chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts
Cuisine: British
Two Michelin Stars
World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2018: 45th
Four AA Rosettes

Running the sauce section at Heston Blumenthal’s world famous London restaurant, Dinner by Heston? Little did our stagiaire know that his stint at the 45th best restaurant in the world was actually a trial…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality February 2019)