Name: Pelle Cimmino Position: Apprentice chef, Assaggio Ristorante Experience: In the first year of his apprenticeship and has been employed at Assaggio’s for nine months. Skill tips: The key skill is passion – you have to really want to get into this industry and you’ve got to love it. If you’re not sure if you want to be a chef, it’s good to do work experience (in secondary school) to see how they do it and what it’s like – to see how chefs work and get to know the hours they work. It would be a wise decision. Knife skills are the best skills to have but knowing how to use the equipment and safety rules also are important. Apprentices need to have the will to practice techniques and being able to pick up things quickly will help. I have a supportive mentor in chef Camillo Crugnale, which really helps, too.