Professional Cookery Level 1 at Kendal College
This course runs over three days a week, a Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday (depending on which group you join). You would spend one day in the restaurant, one day in the cafe and 1 day in a training kitchen, thus gaining experience in lots of different settings. The course all falls within the main college day 9am-5pm.
This course gives students a realistic experience of working in a busy hospitality environment and with high end clients. For example, in the morning you could be serving breakfast to the Lake District Hotel Association, followed by lunch in the college restaurant and then setting up a buffet and canapes at the Town Hall for the international Mountain Festival. The department caters for many prestigious community events throughout the year, such dinners for the Mayor and for the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in many enrichment events over the year. Students will visit local hotels such as Lakeside at Newby Bridge and Beech Hill near Bowness, to gain an insight into how these businesses operate and will be given the opportunity to travel abroad e.g. last year students visited Berlin and this year they are heading to Amsterdam. As well as trips and visits, students will take part in internal, local and national competitions e.g. Lakes Speciality Food in Stavely run internal competitions in college (such as a Burger Competition) and four students last year travelled on a fully expenses paid trip to Cape Town in South Africa, as part of the WorldSkills legacy competition. Last year, our students won the local Seafood Competition and made the final of the North West Young Chef of the Year. You will also visit a local hospital to experience how a large hospital caters for all its patients.
The Hospitality department also recruits a Culinary Team who are employed by the college to support additional corporate events, with the money raised going into an end of year foreign experience. Students in previous years have visited top restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Dubai, Toronto, China and this year will be flying to Barcelona.
The department runs parents evenings during the year and an End of Year Prize Giving Ceremony. The department also invites five guest chefs into college to give students specific skill demonstrations.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.
Your studies will be mainly practically based, and will form an introduction into the hospitality industry with theory lessons as well as research into the industry, which you will have to do at home.
You will gain experience in the following areas:
- Setting up events and laying out tables
- Taking orders
- Bar service
- Serving customers in the restaurant
- Developing culinary skills: working with meat, fish pastry, deserts and breads
Functional skills or GCSEs in Maths and English may also be included into your study programme, if you have yet to achieve a grade C in these subjects.
You should have two GCSEs at grades D-G, or equivalent, including English, as well as a passion for food and food service.
Practical and written assessments take place throughout the year. There is also an end of year practical exam which makes up 45% of the students overall mark.
All students are guaranteed a job at the end of their course. Our students have gone onto work as chefs, front of house staff, and managers in a wide range of hotels and restaurants, including Michelin starred L’Enclume in Cartmel and Lakeside at Newby Bridge. We also have previous students working in establishments from France to New Zealand and everywhere in-between!
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.