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Hospitality & Catering

Our hospitality & catering courses are ideal for those who have a real passion for cooking and aim to seek employment in this exciting industry. Our wonderful culinary courses range from catering courses for school leavers to professional cooking courses for adults! Discover our full course selection below.

Our expert tutors and industry-standard equipment will provide you with the necessary skills to achieve success in the hospitality sector.

Trips and visits

Hospitality and catering students will have the opportunity to visit local and national hospitality businesses, learning from industry experts and renowned chefs. You will also be able to visit fresh produce suppliers, such as butchers, fishmongers and vegetable suppliers.

Each year, students also have the chance to put their skills to the test by entering the Welsh International Culinary Championships.

I am

16-18 Years Old

Beginning at Level 1 Culinary Skills, our hospitality and catering courses will help you gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to become a professional chef. Over the course of three years, you will develop advanced cookery techniques as well as discovering the operations aspect of a hospitality business. Once fully-qualified, you will be ready to seek employment in this fast-paced, thriving industry.

I am an

Adult Learner

If you have a flair for cooking or baking and would love to boost your skills, our part-time hospitality & catering courses are perfect for you! Whether you're aiming to secure employment as a professional baker or just have some fun on our Buckley's BBQ course, our exciting courses will help you achieve your goal.

Meet our students

Liam Rogers
There is no other career I would have considered. I’ve wanted to cook since I was very young.”

Past student Liam Rogers studied Level 3 Advanced Professional Cookery before progressing on to work in Michelin-starred restaurants including Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham and Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland.

Liam also made it through to the finals of the popular BBC cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals, impressing judges with his technique and presentation.

Level 3 Advanced Professional cookery student Caitlin Clarke stood with trophy and certificate

When Caitlin first visited the college on an open evening, she was unsure of what she was looking for. It was not until she experienced the fast-paced, highly practical environment in Buckley’s training kitchens that she realised hospitality & catering was the course for her. She said:

“I gained so much more than a qualification while at college. My industry placements gave me invaluable experiences and I had the opportunity to compete nationally, where I won some prestigious awards. Since leaving the college, I have been back to Buckley's share my expertise with the new students!”

Kate Petrie Headshot
“This course has really helped me with my future career goals. It has provided the basic information to excel and improve my business.”

Travelling from Southport to attend our college, Kate found the course through an online search for options that best suited her wants and needs. The course has been a great help to Kate in propelling her career, providing her with the basic knowledge and skills needed to master a range of pastry techniques.

She says: “Chef has been so knowledgeable, patient and thorough throughout. I have felt very supported. He has made the course so enjoyable.”

James Tomkins

Previous student James Tomkins studied Level 3 Advanced Professional Cookery at the college, during which he secured a work placement at The French, a prestigious restaurant boasting four AA Rosettes.

James impressed the head chef so much that he was offered a permanent position, and he has recently been promoted to chef de partie. James has even worked behind the scenes of BBC2's popular TV show The Great British Menu.

Adult Hospitality & Catering Student Jillian Sanchez
“Since becoming a student, I’ve realised there is more to the college than I originally thought. The facilities are good, the tutor is very helpful, and there is plenty of support and guidance.”

Jillian, a civil engineer by trade, chose to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College after discovering the course on our website. Having studied here previously, she was confident that it would be an enjoyable experience that would improve her baking skills. Currently working as a project manager, Jillian hopes to one day run her own bakery business – a venture she feels this course is preparing her well for.

Meet our tutors

Paul Ratcliffe

Paul Ratcliffe

Hospitality Tutor Paul Ratcliffe has many years of industry experience, having worked at numerous well-respected restaurants across the UK.

Paul enjoys sharing his skills and experience with his students, saying: "It has always been an ambition of mine to share my knowledge and passion for food and the hospitality industry."

Hospitality & Catering tutor Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

With over 18 years of management experience, Gareth Jones is our front-of-house specialist and part of the college’s expert team of hospitality & catering tutors. Gareth had a stellar start to his career, achieving a first-class Masters degree in International Hospitality Management, this gave him a springboard into a successful career managing various top-quality restaurants in London and the North West, including spending 5 years at Michelin Star restaurants.

“We have a great team who really care about the development of our students. Our training restaurant is a great facility for putting the theory into practice and we are looking at lots of ways to build on the success of the restaurant in future.”

Hospitality & Catering tutor Cavan Sheppard

Cavan Sheppard

Tutor Cavan Sheppard has over 10 years of culinary experience and has worked in some of Warrington’s best-known restaurants. Alongside a team of expert tutors, he works hard to ensure our young chefs are equipped with the skills and experience to be successful in this fast-paced industry. He says:

“We have made sure that our hospitality & catering courses stand out because we not only focus on the fundamental methods of food preparation and service, but we also provide students with practical experience in running our onsite restaurant Buckley’s. Thinking about the future of the industry, we have put a strong emphasis on sustainability, ethical sourcing, and the use of local and seasonal ingredients.”

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