Cooking for Health - A taster in Catering

Are you considering a career in cooking? Do you love food? Maybe you're considering opening a small café or other food business. This short, flexible cookery course enables you to sample studying for a career in the food and hospitality industry.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year. You will attend college one day per week for three weeks.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

The focus is primarily on the practical aspects of the culinary world allowing you to develop real skills. You will also explore the importance of using fresh produce to compile basic healthy dishes. Taught by professional chefs and food service staff from a range of backgrounds, including Michelin star restaurants, cruise liners, hotels and industrial environments you have the opportunity to train in first class facilities.

You have the opportunity to learn skills in butchery, fishmongery, sauce making, as well as baking and preparing vegetables.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment for this short course.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No previous qualifications are required. All you need is motivation and passion for food and possibly be considering a career in the industry.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on financial support that may be available, please visit our Financial Support for Adults section.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This course could be very first step on the ladder towards gaining a career in the Hospitality Industry. The industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. In England alone there are well over 100,000 businesses employing a workforce of over 1 million and there are still shortages for skilled chefs and well qualified managers.

Previous learners have gained employment in a whole range of different places such as hotels, restaurants, cruise liners, pubs and even as a celebrity chefs on television.

For more information, to arrange a tour of the catering department or to come and spend the day cooking with us, all with no obligation, contact Julie heap on 01744 623291 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like any further information regarding this course, please contact our enquiries team on 0800 99 66 99

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