Cook’s Certificate

Read on for the latest on Cook’s Certificate in Food and Wine, our professional, six-week, fast-track cooking course! Hear from previous students, look behind the scenes, learn more about becoming a chef and much more.

 

Gap Year students: Now is a great time to take your cooking to the next level

This May 2021 we start the next session of our Cook’s Certificate in Food & Wine and we’re very excited to be welcoming gap year students into the programme. We’ve been talking to lots of students about what makes a gap year such a great opportunity for learning more advanced cookery. Here’s what we found and how it works…

Why should young people consider cookery programmes on a gap-year?

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags
, , , , ,

Class Diary: Cook’s Certificate

professional cook's certificate

Jamie McGurk recently participated in our professional Cook’s Certificate course. Here, he explains his experience over the six-week course.  

It’s fair to say elaborate and expansive cooking at university is a rare and laborious feat. During my studies, my dinners were usually simple chicken and rice, followed by a couple of Deliveroo meals and some oven chips in between. Whether it’s down to the laziness of a second-year student,

Read More >

Category
Classes Cook's Certificate

Tags

Solving the chef shortage with Cook’s Certificate

cook's certificate

One of the biggest ongoing challenges faced by restaurants in the UK is the shortage of chefs and the quality of new recruits into kitchens. The latest Office of National Statistics data demonstrates that hotels and restaurants are experiencing a consistently higher vacancy rate than other sectors – there are 4.1 vacancies per 100 jobs, in comparison to the average of 2.8 across the wider economy.

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

Is the Cook’s Certificate for you?

Three times a year, 12 individuals unite over a love of cooking, transforming from enthusiastic culinary fans to talented and passionate cooks through our six-week intensive Cook’s Certificate. With a sustainable and principle-led teaching approach, students are armed with all the tools they need to be both competent and confident in the kitchen, whatever the end goal. So, should you be enrolling in our next intake?

Student chopping rosemary on chopping board

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

Cook’s Certificate Graduate Profile – Anna Barbieri

 

Considering a change in career or wanting to improve your home cooking? We speak with Anna Barbieri (@apinchofbarbs), one of our Cook’s Certificate 2018 graduates, to ask about the benefits of enrolling in the Cook’s Certificate course at Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Read on!

What were you doing before the Cook’s Certificate?

I was working as a PA in a media company for two years.

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

How to become a chef in London

From the students we train to the professionals we employ, we love seeing those with a passion for food choosing to pursue it as a career, whether that be as a chef in a restaurant or another area of the industry, such as in a catering company.

One question we frequently receive is ‘how do I become a chef?’ and we can see why! With the chance to do something you love in a fast-paced environment,

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

COOK’S CERTIFICATE – WEEK SIX

Reflections on the final week of Cook’s Certificate by Will P.

We’ve now all completed our 6 week cook’s certificate course and I’m totally blown away by just how much I’ve learnt.

In the final week we had an amazing day on chocolate making with Jon from Mast Brothers teaching us the art of tempering and ganache making – two fundamental skills required to make chocolate. This was by far the messiest day,

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

COOK’S CERTIFICATE – WEEK FIVE

Reflections on week five of Cook’s Certificate by Will P.

The past week was very different to any other week on the Cook’s Certificate as we all spent 3 full days on a WSET wine tasting course.

This was after a great day on Monday learning Middle Eastern cooking. We all really enjoyed making (and eating!) baklava as well as some other really tasty dishes like beetroot dip, the lamb tagine,

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

COOK’S CERTIFICATE – WEEK FOUR

Reflections on week four of Cook’s Certificate by Will P.

Another amazing week on the Cook’s Certificate course passes and it hits me just how fast its gone and how much fun we’ve all been having. Only two weeks left until it finishes and I know I’m going to miss all the cooking, the other students and all the great teachers. One thing I’ve loved about the course is the variety of experts that come in and teach us –

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags

COOK’S CERTIFICATE – WEEK THREE

Reflections on week three of Cook’s Certificate by Will P.

Now the course is well under way, I am getting more used to its intensity, which at first was a bit overwhelming. The sheer amount of what we are learning was initially a bit of a shock, but now we have all settled into it it’s getting clearer just how much I am getting from the course – it’s great to know I’ll have these new skills for life so I can share them with friends,

Read More >

Category
Cook's Certificate

Tags