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Professional cookery

Designed in conjunction with Heston Blumenthal and the Fat Duck Group, our unique qualifications will send your job or HE application to the top of the list!

About our hospitality and professional cookery programmes

We've partnered with world-renowned, Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal and his team at the Fat Duck Group to design study programmes that give you the best possible start in a demanding, fast-paced, yet hugely rewarding industry.

What sets our catering programmes apart from the rest is the emphasis we place on the fundamentals of understanding ingredients and exploring their tastes, flavours and fusions.
Heston Blumenthal has identified two critical attributes for working in this industry: Restless Perfectionism and Creative Curiousity. To find out more about how these attributes can benefit you and how we develop them throughout our catering programmes, click on the links on the right.

Inspired by these critical attributes, you will be provided with a rich variety of learning experiences, including:

  • practical exploration
  • food science experiments
  • work and industry experience
  • customer facing activity
  • employer-led projects

On top of all that, we add in other experiences and opportunities to help you get ahead in your career, including:

  • work alongside experienced chefs on live projects
  • the opportunity to compete in regional and national food competitions
  • catering for big events, including awards dinners and functions


We offer qualifications in hospitality and catering from Entry Level (equivalent to Key stage 3) to Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels.)


Train with us and you will learn in our industry-standard kitchens and restaurants, serving paying customers and getting full experience of the breadth of roles within catering.

Students learn to work in a team through our brigade system, combining students from different levels.

Career pathways

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. This helps equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.

Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

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Industry partnerships

We work in partnership with local employers, including experienced chefs who set up live projects, and large organisations. These are ideal opportunities for you to gain skills and build your confidence.