City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery


Are you looking to begin or enhance your career in the diverse catering and hospitality industries? This course has been specially designed to further develop your culinary skills, whether you are an experienced chef or new to catering. It is ideal if you are progressing from a relevant Level 1 hospitality and catering course, or from professional experience progressing onto a Level 1 Apprenticeship programme.

You will gain practical knowledge in a range of areas, learning to prepare, cook and present fish and shellfish, meat, poultry and game, vegetable dishes, sauces and dressings, patisserie, fermented goods and desserts. You will also look at gastronomy and food culture.

The course is currently being offered as part of the hospitality and catering programme, alongside the VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service. This allows you to gain two professional qualifications, one focusing on hospitality and one focusing on cookery skills. You will be able to enjoy the benefits of a full-time course, whilst gaining practical work skills in the College’s excellent kitchen and restaurant facilities.

What does this subject include?

The full programme consists of the following elements:

  • VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Food & Beverage Service

What is the structure of the course?

VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery: In this part of the course you will develop your culinary knowledge and skills, working with a wide range of ingredients and techniques. You will train in the College’s new catering department kitchens and produce top quality cuisine for the College’s showcase restaurant. The broad areas covered include hot and cold food preparation and presentation kitchen work, food preparation, desserts, baking and pastry.

VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Food & Beverage Service: This part of the course focuses on the hospitality and service elements of the food and drink industry. You will benefit from the College’s excellent restaurant facilities, whilst training in a range of general and specialist service skills. The broad areas covered will include customer care, legislation, food and beverage service, menu design and handling payments plus responsible alcohol awareness.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Relevant knowledge and professional experience.

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