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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 restaurant, Enfields Kitchen, and work with our industry partners which include Peace and Loaf, Marriott Hotels, Beamish Hall Hotel and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, to gain experience and exposure, while building your network.
Past students have enjoyed great success including employment with top eateries such as:
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.
You’ll work on skills technique developments and employer-inspired projects.
Most assessments will be carried out in our training restaurant and kitchens, Enfields Kitchen.
You'll be marked against the standards of the awarding body and given continuous feedback to help you improve and grow as a chef.
Tutorial and reviews
You will have six one to one reviews every year where we will work with you to set individual targets to ensure you achieve your potential.
These sessions support you outside of the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen and keep you on track.
Your teaching team are all highly skilled and experienced staff.
They adapt their teaching styles to suit different abilities and ensure they keep their skills up to date to adapt to modern techniques and changes in the industry.
Our students have real, live projects to work on, masterclasses from top chefs and business owners 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:
All practical sessions are taught in our modern, well-equipped training kitchens which contain industry standard kit and equipment.
Working as part of our professional service team in our student-run restaurant Enfields Kitchen, you'll prepare and serve meals to paying customers.
Whatever support you need, we’re here for you and will make sure you get the
most out of your time at college.
have expert teams in place to look after every single one of our
specialist teams can help with:
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 studies by progressing to Level 3 or an apprenticeship.
Vocational qualifications at Level 1 or three GCSEs at 4 or above including English and maths.
An informal interview with a member of our teaching team is essential.
This will take place at an enrolment event or at another time that we will arrange with you.
There will be a cost for a uniform and professional kit such as a set of knives.
We'll let you know the price during the enrolment process and support you to purchase the items through our preferred suppliers, ensuring you get the best rates.
There is also funding support for those that meet the eligibility criteria to help cover some of these costs, ask us more about this at our enrolment events.
This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.
Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.
For one to one advice, contact our friendly team who will assess your individual circumstances and give you the right information. You can contact them on 0191 490 2246, [email protected] or via Live Chat. Or pop along to one of our Enrolment Events.