Junior Chef Academy: Reading (14-16 years only)

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An exciting and hands-on intro to the world of baking, cooking, good nutrition and teamwork!

Skills for healthy eating, for life!

What I'll learn

The Junior Chefs' Academy is for young adults in Years 9, 10 and 11. If you are interested in a career in catering, or if you are just keen to learn how to cook healthy, great-tasting food, then come along to our hands-on, fun classes at our high-spec Reading campus!



How I'll learn

Each course covers:

  • Basic culinary techniques and presentation of food
  • Specialist dishes of the world
  • Bakery skills
  • Hygiene
  • Basic nutrition
  • Teamwork and organisation


How I'll be assessed

There are no formal assessments for this course. 


Entry Requirements

All you'll need is a willingness to learn! 


How to Apply

Each course lasts for 6 weeks, and is delivered on Friday evening at 4:30am to 7:30pm.
Each 6-week block costs £75.

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.