The catering and hospitality industry is fast-paced and demanding. A massive sector, it includes everything from restaurants and hotels to cafés, pubs and contract catering. Industry roles range from front of house supervisor to commis, sous and head chef to name just a few, and a career in this global, dynamic industry could take you anywhere across the world.
Our catering courses and apprenticeships are taught in industry-standard kitchens by lecturers with years of experience.
You’ll learn how to prepare, cook and serve delicious, nutritious meals while maintaining rigorous hygiene requirements. You'll devise and follow recipes and learn how to complete essential kitchen documentation. You’ll also gain experience in a variety of roles including working front of house and providing excellent customer service with high attention to detail and professionalism. Our Salisbury and Trowbridge campuses are home to the Wessex and White Horse Restaurants where you’ll prepare and serve food to members of the public, with students performing every role under supervision of our trained staff, giving you real experience of a high-pressure, rewarding catering environment.
I left school at 16 and went straight into full time work in hotels washing the pots. I then studied for a Chef qualification, and after many years of hard work I eventually achieved the position of Head Chef. I have been involved with the Hospitality industry all of my working life and would not change any part of it. One highlight of my career was when I was asked to cater when the Queen visited Salisbury and I was fortunate enough to be presented to the Queen during the reception. I have a passion for food and passion to share my knowledge with young people on their journeys to becoming Chefs.
Your practical learning will take place in industry-standard kitchens.