The hospitality and catering industry is a fast-paced, creative world with a wealth of opportunities on offer. If you want to progress your career in this field in the specialist area of patisserie, this course is for you. You will be trained by our experienced team of lecturers in our professional standard kitchens which rival any you'll find in the industry. You will also be preparing dishes for paying customers in our student-run restaurant, Enfields Kitchen.
Throughout the course, you'll develop your technical skills in producing:
- Complex pastry products
- Marzipan pastillage and sugar products
- Complex bread and dough items
- Cakes, biscuits, sponges and scones
- Chocolate products
- Hot and cold desserts
- Healthy dishes, sauces coatings and fillings
You will build your knowledge of essential health and safety information and how to be an effective team member.
Throughout the course, you will be assessed by building a portfolio of evidence and observation of practical tasks in the kitchen.
During the course, you will need to wear a Gateshead College catering uniform which you will need to buy, along with a course book and knife kit. We will discuss this with you at your interview and induction.
Success, progression and employment
On completion of the course, you can progress onto Level 4 or a Foundation Degree in hotel and catering management. Alternatively you could progress straight into employment. Pastry chefs are in demand and there are also opportunities for those interested in setting up their own business.
Past catering students have enjoyed great success including employment with top North East eateries such as:
- Six at BALTIC
- Terry Laybourne's 21 Hospitality Group including The Broad Chare and Cafe 21
- The Feathers Inn
- Jesmond Dene House
- The Ritz Hotel London
They've also had the opportunity to undertake a variety of experiences, from making high tea for Japanese dignitaries in Komatsu, Japan to running events for local restaurant owners.