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Whether you’ve got a passion for fine dining, or are geared towards the style of street food and experimenting with different flavours and textures, you can look forward to a rewarding career full of vast opportunities and creativity in the Professional Cookery profession. Want to learn on the job, experience life in a busy kitchen and understand what it takes to be successful in the business? This course is an excellent place to start.

Course Information

  • Levels available 1 / 2 / 3
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref COOKERY
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees N/A

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

What will I do?

The best way for you to learn how to prepare, cook and serve a range of dishes, is to do just that. You will kick off your career by working in The Brasserie, our award winning, on-site commercial restaurant which is open to the general public. You will learn how a restaurant and coffee shop is run properly and successfully, trying your hand at everything from serving customers to crafting bespoke menus. You will experience all different areas of the industry and receive first class support from our highly experienced tutors, who will share their contacts and industry links with you.

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What's next?

Previous students have gone on to work at prestigious restaurants such as Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, The Savoy, The Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva and The Lanesborough Hotel. One of our patisserie students was also crowned The Young Pastry Chef of the Year 2017. You could kick off your career in the industry right away by using the contacts and connections you’ve made throughout your time on the course. You will have the opportunity to further your skillset by taking specialist classes with the Claire Clark Academy. You could also progress onto an apprenticeship so you can continue learning while earning a wage.

Is it for me?

Do you watch programmes like MasterChef and know that you could do it better? Are you famed for your brownies or blondies? If you’ve got a passion for food and the determination to get a taste of the culinary industry, learning in a live environment is a great place to start. You must be able to take direction and work as a team, often in heated (literally) environments where you have a tight deadline to work to. You must be a logical thinker, be reactive to situations and have a creative flair. You will have chances to enter national competitions, create your own dishes and menus, and gain the relevant skills and experience to help you stand out from the rest.

The Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery is a preparation for work qualification that has been designed to prepare you for a career in the hospitality industry.
This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of the hospitality and catering industry, food safety, and health and safety awareness. Furthermore, you will learn about kitchen equipment and workplace skills.
You will also learn how to prepare and cook food by boiling, stewing and braising, baking, roasting and grilling, and frying.

Level highlights

• Level 2 Food Safety in catering
• Prepare and cook food by stewing and braising, roasting, grilling and baking, shallow frying and deep-frying.
• Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
• Introduction to workplace skills
• The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College. AA College Restaurant of the Year 2019 and Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Restaurant of the Year 2018
• #NHTO2019 Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East, Take Over

The Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery is a preparation for work qualification.

This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of professional cooking. You will learn about health and safety in catering and hospitality, catering operations, costs and menu planning. You will also learn in the practical kitchen how to prepare and cook stocks, soups and sauces, and how to prepare and cook fruit, vegetables, meat and fish dishes and produce biscuit, cake and sponge products.

Level highlights:

  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • Health food and special diets
  • Catering operations, costs and menu planning
  • Applying workplace skills
  • The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College. AA College Restaurant of the Year 2019 and Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Restaurant of the Year 2018
  • #NHTO2019 Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East, Take Over
  • Hotelympia, ExCel London

Entry Requirements

You require GCSE Maths and English with one at least Grade 4/C, and other at least Grade D/3.

The Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery Studies is a preparation for work qualification.

This qualification will develop your advanced skills and techniques in producing vegetable, meat, poultry and game as well as fish and shellfish dishes in the practical training kitchen. You will learn about the principles of food safety supervision for catering.

The optional units offer you the flexibility to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of subjects from preparation, cooking and finishing of dressings and cold sauces to producing petits-fours, biscuits, cakes and sponges.

Level highlights

• Advanced skills in preparing, cooking and finish fish and shellfish, meat, poultry and game, and vegetable dishes
• Prepare, cook and finish hot, cold and frozen desserts
• Supervisory skills in the hospitality industry
• The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College. AA College Restaurant of the Year 2019 and Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Restaurant of the Year 2018
• Paris House, Woburn, taster menu take over
• Seafood Training School, Billingsgate
• Hotelympia, ExCel London

Entry Requirements

You require four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Maths.

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