Budding MasterChefs to Cook up a Storm at Junior Academy

31 March 2017 | Hospitality & Catering

City College Plymouth is running its highly successful Junior Chef Academy in April, to give 14 – 16 year olds a taste for a career in catering. Held in the College’s state-of-the-art training kitchens and PL1 Restaurant, the young chefs will learn how to cook with confidence and style.

Starting on Tuesday 25 April, the sessions run once a week 5.00pm – 7.30pm to fit around school hours and doing homework. A range of unusual and interesting dishes are on the menu, with a focus on healthy eating, which can be taken home for the whole family to enjoy. On the final evening of the nine-week course, students will prepare a mouth-watering graduation buffet for invited guests.

As well as giving the young chefs a chance to develop their culinary skills, the Academy will also introduce them to health and safety standards, hygienic practices and how to handle kitchen equipment safely and confidently.

“The Junior Chef Academy is a great opportunity for young chefs to develop their cooking skills and to explore their creativity in the kitchen,” said Chaz Talbot, Academy Manager for Hospitality and Catering.

“It will whet their appetites for hospitality and catering as a career to pursue in the future and our experienced chefs will be on hand to give lots of advice about working in the industry. As well as the practical skills, they will learn how to work as part of a team and most importantly, enjoy working with food! Many of our previous junior chefs have come back to study with us full-time.”

Hospitality and catering is a key industry in the region and the Mayflower 400 celebrations will have a massive impact on the sector. The College is working with local employers to ensure that the workforce is equipped with the right skills to meet industry needs.

As well as courses and Apprenticeships, the College is rolling out a number of initiatives from the Junior Chef Academy for young people still at a school, to pre-employment programmes for young people not in education, employment and training and adult job seekers, to management programmes for professionals.

For more information on the Junior Chef Academy and to reserve a place, contact info@cityplym.ac.uk or call 01752 305300.

To find out about all hospitality and catering courses and Apprenticeships, the College is holding an Open Day and Spring Fete on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm at King Road. Please visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 for further details.


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