Hospitality and professional cookery

From a commis chef to an apprenticeship or a role as a head chef, explore where a career pathway in hospitality and professional cookery could take you.

Choose a career pathway in hospitality and professional cookery

Our career pathway in hospitality and and professional cookery could be right for you if you want to develop your skills and expertise in different areas of professional cookery. 

We will help immerse you in the industry and provide you with opportunities to work with experienced chefs on live projects, take part in food competitions and professional masterclasses, and work as part of a team, catering for large events, award dinners and functions. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Sous chef: run a commercial kitchen, preparing food and ensuring procedures are followed by staff.
  • Chef de partie: prepare one or more types of food in a kitchen environment, working under directions from a chef.
  • Head chef: create menus for a restaurant, cafeteria or catering establishment, managing the kitchen, monitoring costs and training staff in processes needed.
  • Restaurant manager: run a restaurant, including hiring staff, schedule rotas, manage bookings and monitor budgets.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

We work in partnership with local employers, including experienced chefs who set up live projects, and large organisations who provide award winners and functions - an ideal opportunity for students to gain skills and confidence.