If you have a passion for cooking or want to ensure that customers receive the very best in front of house service then join the best catering college in the South West. As a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence in three disciplines, an AA Highly Commended College Rosette winner and industry partners including River Cottage and the Eden Project there really is nowhere better to study catering and hospitality.
If you want to work in a fast-paced, action-packed and creative industry then look no further than a career in catering. The opportunities for career progression in this industry are some of the best. From commis chef to sous chef, all the way up to head chef, if you are willing to put in the hard work you could be running your own kitchen in a few years’ time.
You will start your catering studies on one of our Level 2 courses, and can choose to stay with us for three years. Which Level 2 course you join will depend on your GCSE results. From here you can then progress on to our Professional Cookery Diploma Level 3. Our specialist professional chef courses are available for those who would like to take their studies further and have the relevant Level 2 and 3 qualifications.
As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.
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You wish to develop your practical skills in butchery and fish preparation, and learn how to cook and finish a number of complex dishes using meat, fish and shellfish, as well as vegetarian dishes.
Professional Cookery Advanced Diploma Level 3.
You will study advanced skills and techniques to prepare you for a specialist role in kitchen and larder. You will study topics including vegetarian, meat, offal, poultry, game, fish and shellfish dishes.
From a combination of practical and theoretical units which will be delivered in an excellent industry level environment. In addition to developing practical skills you will also study the nutritional values of foods and ingredients, management and supervisory skills, successful kitchen management, and how to store, prepare and cook food safely.
To be assessed throughout your course through assignments, projects and practical examinations.
That whatever your passion, or specialism, we will help hone your talents and bring out the gastronomist in you, with a number of culinary and food foraging trips, restaurant visits and the organisation of a Gastronomy Fair.
You could enter the industry as a commis chef or chef de partie at high-end establishments.
Tom Brown Restaurant Owner
After completing a catering apprenticeship at Cornwall College Tom worked in various kitchens around Cornwall including Nathan Outlaw’s kitchen at the St Enodoc Hotel, where he became head chef. Following his success at St Enodoc Tom was then asked to be head chef at Nathan’s restaurant at The Capital Hotel in Knightbridge, London. Since then he has been announced as one of the winners of the 31st Acorn Awards, in celebration of 30 of the industry’s most talented stars aged under 30 and reached the finals of BBC2’s The Great British Menu. Tom opened his own seafood restaurant, Cornerstone, in 2018 and won London’s Restaurant of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards in September 2019.
"I enjoyed studying at Cornwall College where the facilities are really good. I remember when I was there it was a good kitchen, but now with the Trevenson Restaurant and the training kitchens they are fantastically well equipped and a good environment for the students to learn in.”
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