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Our Young Chefs’ Academy and Young Bakers’ Academy at Westminster Kingsway College have been the starting point for many of the college’s successful students and graduates. Many of our students progress on to apply for our Professional Chef Diploma, Chef Apprenticeships or Patisserie Diplomas.

No formal qualifications are required but applicants should have a strong interest in their chosen subject. Our Saturday schools for 13 to 16 year olds offers a great opportunity, excellent tuition and a certificate on completion. Courses take place at our Victoria Centre in central London.

Paul Jervis MIH

Head of School Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Students from local schools at the “Junior Chefs Academy” learn a range of practical cookery skills as well as about heathy lifestyles, the importance of seasonality on food, and the environmental impact it has. Teaching is done in a friendly, engaging and professional environment and emphasises the importance of team work, encouraging young people to socially dine together. As well as promoting the importance of stainability and food in everyday life, sessions highlight the many career opportunities that the hospitality industry has for young people in the future.”

Michael Coaker

External Ambassador and Mentor at the College

We are so proud to offer our Junior Chef Academy programme, held within the professional kitchens at the Radmoor Restaurant at Loughborough College. Our chef lecturers support young people from what may be their first kitchen experience at 11years old up to 16 years old when they may start in industry or deciding on their careers. They are taught basic skills with equipment, food preparation and by the end of the programme they will cook and host a 3-course meal for their parent/guardian to celebrate their achievements. In addition, we encourage participation, team-work and effort. In return we are blessed to witness some beautiful friendships form and flourish, confidence is boosted tremendously and the students are happily achieving some essential skills and improving their abilities.

Loughborough College

The Parent and Daughter Academy gave us an opportunity to link not only with potential students but their parents as well, who are the main influencers of their children’s choice of College. The initiative allowed us to both teach families healthy cooking and introduce them to the Hospitality Industry as our Professional Chefs spoke of their careers during the sessions.

Lakefield Hospitality College