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Junior Chef Academy (for 14-16 year olds)

Course Code: JRCA-Autumn-1B1, JRCA-Spring-1F1, JRCA-Summer-1I1

Level: 1
Subject area: Hospitality & Catering
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Nine weeks
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 5.00pm - 7.30pm

About the course

Are you aged between 14 and 16 with a real interest in food and cooking? Maybe you have decided you want a really practical job and would like to try out what it would be like to train as a chef? Or you could be looking for an exciting after school activity in Plymouth.

City College Plymouth runs a Junior Chef Academy, one evening per week between 5.00pm and 7.30pm. This a great opportunity for you if you love cooking and really want to develop skills in the kitchen and learn how to cook with confidence and style. For those who are thinking of a career in catering it will whet your appetite for joining us in the future to train professionally at City College Plymouth.

Working with our professional chef lecturers in our state-of-the-art training kitchens, this nine-week course will give you a real flavour for working with food to create interesting and mouth-watering dishes that you can take home and then practice on friends and family. We will take you through a programme that is both fun and enjoyable and enables you to explore your own creativity and budding passion for cooking as you follow the recipes. Chef’s jacket, apron and knives are provided, as well as all food which you can take home in your own containers.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Savoy Educational Trust whose generosity has helped to fund this programme.

What you'll learn

Working in our professional kitchens using our equipment you will be made aware of health and safety standards, hygiene practices and how to handle knives properly, safely and confidently.

You will learn how to prepare, produce and present a range of interesting and unusual dishes over the nine-week programme which will involve meat, fish, vegetables, dessert and bread products.
You will gain an understanding of the use of commodities, develop and practice skills, work within a team and enjoy working with food. We also stress a healthy eating dimension in the dishes you produce, and each course will have a special focus on seasonality.

On the final week you will receive a Junior Chef Academy Certificate sponsored by The Savoy
Educational Trust.

Entry requirements

You will need to be aged 14 to 16 and have a genuine interest in developing your cooking skills.


There are no exams.

What's next?

You may wish to choose catering as a career following this course and will have better skills if you wish to pursue a full-time hospitality and catering programme or Apprenticeship at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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