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Do you consider yourself a bit of a foodie? Do you love to cook for friends
and family and have ambitions of working in this fast-paced industry? Do you one
day dream of running your own business or travelling the world cooking
professionally? If so, this is the course for you.
The North East is an excellent base for anyone wishing to work in the food industry with its growing street-food scene, vibrant café culture and some amazing independent restaurants offering cuisines from around the world.
Study with us and you'll gain the essential skills and knowledge of the industry. You’ll train as part of our professional team in our student-run Kitchens, and work with our industry partners to gain experience and exposure, while building your network.
Past students have enjoyed great success including employment with top eateries such as Terry Laybourne's Broad Chare and 21, House of Tides, Six at BALTIC, Aiden’s Kitchen, Crowne Plaza, Jesmond Dene House, as well as prestigious hotels including The Ritz London.
You’ll train in our kitchens and learn practical skills with our industry-experienced teaching team while also gaining the knowledge to prepare you for a career in the catering and hospitality industry. We’ll expand your skillset and talents by running guest workshops with some of the region’s most renowned chefs and business-owners.
On completion of this course you will gain an industry recognised qualification NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Cookery and a City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene. This study programme will give you the knowledge to pursue a career in catering and hospitality and support you to develop the skills you needs for your career aspirations. During your studies you will cover the following topics:
You’ll develop core skills in the correct use of equipment and knives in order to cook and present a wide range of meat, fish and poultry dishes with an extensive variety of accompaniments such as vegetables, sauces and garnishes.
In order to give you a broader transferable skillset you will also learn how to prepare, cook and finish a range of hot and cold desserts. You’ll experiment with pastry products including cakes, sponges, biscuits and scones as well as bread and other dough products.
Designing and costing a menu are key skills all chefs need. On this course you’ll learn how to develop menus for a variety of customers and events including preparation for customers with allergies and understanding the fundamentals of nutrition. This will also enhance your English and maths skills. Win, win!
Working in a safe, hygienic and secure kitchen environment is key in this industry. On this course you’ll learn essential hygiene requirements and on completion you’ll gain a nationally recognised food hygiene certificate.
To be a chef you need to know culinary terms that come with a broad repertoire of dishes. On this programme you’ll gain an understanding of international culinary terms in French and Italian.
Food and beverage service
While this course is aimed at those who want to be in the kitchen, a great chef ensures their customers have the best experience throughout their visit, whether that’s how they’re greeted and served or having staff who can explain menu options. You’ll learn about front-of-house operations and dealing with customers so you can best support your customer-facing team in the future.The programme also offers a contact dermititis course to support you working safely when washing preparing food.
You’ll work on skills technique developments and employer-inspired projects.
Most assessments will be carried out in our training kitchens, you will be given opportunity to prepare and cook food for evenings and external events with to demonstrate your skills which have developed throughout the programme. You'll be marked against the standards of the awarding body and given continuous feedback to help you improve and grow as a chef.
Our students have real, live projects to work on, masterclasses from top chefs and opportunities to showcase their work with paying customers during our external events and themed evenings.
We want you to be work ready when you leave us and able to put what you have learned into practice in the workplace. Relevant quality work experience is key and we encourage you to complete part-time work in the sector to gain more experience while you study. We’ll also support you to find a placement or mentor to strengthen your CV.
Check out how we are embedding sustainability throughout our catering courses:
When you have successfully completed the qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to enter the world of work or you can continue your learning by progressing to Level 3 or an apprenticeship.
Three GCSEs grade 4 or above including either English or maths or Level 1 cookery.
We also consider experience if you are returning to study and don’t hold transferable formal qualifications in this area.
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.
Funding is available and we'll discuss this with you at your interview or induction.
This course is free if you are aged 19 years and under. Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees, depending on personal circustances.
If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you
can pay the fee in full upfront and receive a 10% discount. Or you can
apply for an Adult Advanced Learner Loan, a low interest loan with no upfront
fees that you pay back in installments once you're earning. For more
information, come along to an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 4627 or email [email protected]