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Professional Culinary Arts Level 2

Culinary courses for curious cooks developed in partnership with Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck Group.

These unique programmes, developed in partnership with Heston Blumenthal and the Fat Duck Group to develop and advance your cooking skills.

At the end of this journey, you will graduate with a Proefssional Cookery qualification endorsed by City & Guilds.

Whether you want to work in a professional kitchen, become a world-famous food blogger, critic or food stylist, you’ll be encouraged to interpret and apply to your own work, traditional cooking techniques and those made famous by Heston Blumenthal.

Heston believes a successful journey through this industry is powered by a strong sense of curiosity, a desire to learn and by receiving instruction that is relevant, authentic, motivating and that sparks imagination. This is aligned with the Activate Learning Philosophy, which is rooted in an understanding of how the brain, motivation and emotions work together to encourage learning.

In each programme, you will use a more experimental and scientific approach in order to develop your cooking skills and senses. Continue on this journey of culinary exploration and discover methods of applying the principles of food science and cooking to new routes and possibilities.

Our qualified and professional tutors will provide instruction in our industry-standard, fully-equipped kitchens on site.

Creating a true culinary experience starts and ends in the mind; your skills are simply the tools that will bring that vision to reality.

On this programme, you will build on your existing skills and knowledge. You’ll learn the fundamentals of preparing and cooking stocks, poultry and the production of fermented dough products. These skills will be vital in building a career in any professional kitchen, anywhere in the world.

However, what sets this programme apart from others 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 field: Restless Perfectionism and Creative Curiousity. To find out more about how these attributes can benefit you and how we develop them, 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

As well as linking with the Fat Duck Group’s expertise, you will benefit from the Activate Learning Attributes curriculum, which will help you develop the key characteristics and skills employers are looking for in potential employees. This will be achieved through one-to-one support sessions.

Learning for each module will begin with playful multi-sensory exploration of ingredients, flavours and methods and end with self-reflective evaluation. You will learn to tell the story of your food exploration and practice the skill of intriguing customers. In between, there is guided self-assessment, peer review and formal instruction from tutors.

Progress to further courses in catering or hospitality available at the College.

You will usually begin your progression at Year 1 (Level 1). However, if you have GCSEs in English, maths and food technology at grade 4 or above, industry experience, or have a relevant professional qualification, it may be possible to start on Year 2 (Level 2) of the course. You will also be asked to attend a taster session to assess your skills.

The focus of this programme is experimenting with flavours and culinary experiences. Exploration, as well as failure, is a key part of learning and you will be encouraged to take risks and given the confidence and support necessary to do so.

The cornerstone of this programme is the development of your attributes to ensure at the end of each programme you are highly employable and that you can apply your learning practically. This will entail one-to-one guidance from your tutor and self assessment.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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    Courses available

  • 6000+

    Students

  • 79+

    Years of teaching experience

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