If you want to pursue a career in a fine dining environment then this is an excellent place to start. This course will provide you with the underpinning skills and knowledge to progress through the levels of food preparation, service and other workplace essentials such-as menu design and food costings to a high standard. Successful completion of this course could allow you to progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Supervision or Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen & Larder), whilst preparing you for employment within the hospitality sector. During this programme you will explore theoretically and practically the following topics at an appropriate level to begin working in a professional environment: Developing Skills for Employment; Health and Safety in Catering; Healthier Foods and Special Diets; Preparing and Cooking a Variety of Foods; Kitchen Operations; Costing and Menu Planning; Effective Team Work; Customer Service; Serving Food at the Table and Silver Service.
You will need GCSE’s to include Mathematics and English Language (minimum Grade 4 and above) and a VRQ Level 1 Introduction to Professional Cookery or appropriate industry experience. You will also be required to pass an entry test and demonstrate a sustained commitment to succeed. You will be required to attend an interview and provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report).
Assessment is a combination of online testing, practical craft assessments, assignments and short answer tests. There is an end of year formal practical examination.