Mon to Fri: 9.00am to 4pm
Duration: 6 weeks
The Professional Culinary Certificate aims to train you in the fundamentals of cookery providing a platform for a career cooking professionally.
Over 6 weeks, this structured course will give you expert training from our experienced chef tutors in modern cookery techniques. This course incorporates a Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills accredited by the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality.
The aim of this qualification is to:
Graduates of this course can expect to be considered seriously for junior chef positions in the catering industry, or to have developed the skills and confidence to start their own enterprise.
This is an intensive course designed to deliver as much practical cookery training as possible with around 35 hours a week training at the Academy, and you will be expected to undertake some project work outside of the classroom.
You will be assessed throughout the course on your ability to prepare, cook and serve a variety of dishes demonstrating the skills learnt.
Typical ambitions of students that come on the Professional Cookery Certificate course include:
In addition to training of the highest standard, you will also graduate with the following certificates:
The Ashburton Chefs Academy Professional Culinary Certificate marks your graduation from an elite culinary academy.
The Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills award is accredited by the Confederation of Hospitality & Tourism an internationally recognised awarding body. The level 2 award has been designed as an introduction to the professional kitchen and will provide opportunities for credit transfer to other qualifications.
The Level 3 Award in Food Safety is an essential qualification aimed at those working in a supervisory position in the food business who are not only responsible but also accountable for food safety.
The course is scheduled on the following dates:
|Mon 13 Jan to Fri 21 Feb, 2014|
|Mon 03 Mar to 11 Apr, 2014|
|Mon 09 Jun to Fri 18 Jul, 2014|
|Mon 15 Sep to Fri 24 Oct, 2014|
|Mon 10 Nov to Fri 19 Dec, 2014|
To reserve your place, call us on 01364 652784 or click here to apply online.
There are as many different approaches to teaching cookery as there are different cooking styles. When learning to cook to a professional level however you need to be confident that your learning provider is able to provide consistent, industry relevant training to the highest standard.
As a private culinary school we develop our own courses to meet a standard of excellence that is not available elsewhere. As an Ashburton Chefs Academy student you will:-
The minimum age to join this course is 18 years old.
There will be a broad range of people from different backgrounds and different life experiences on our courses with ages ranging from 18 to 55. The typical gender split is 60% male to 40% female.
Professional and Career Development Loans of up to £10,000 are available for this course.
Please visit our page about Career Development Loans for details.
Yes, we can accept students from any country on the following courses:
Please visit our page for International Students for full details.
Whilst you do not need any professional cookery experience, you should be able to demonstrate a passion for cookery and so we would expect you to be familiar with common kitchen equipment, and basic cookery concepts, such as frying, grilling, baking etc as well as the ability to follow a recipe. Absolute beginners would be expected to take the Foundation cookery course at the Ashburton Cookery School to reach the entry level standard for the Professional Culinary Certificate.
No. Both courses are standalone and designed to achieve a specific qualification and skillset in the set time. If you were to complete the Certificate you would be able to take the Diploma at a later date for a different qualification, but you would not be able to skip any of the Diploma content since this course requires full attendence to achieve the CTH level 4 qualification.
Not at all. This is a common question we get from mature students who are considering retraining in a new career and are concerned that they are going to feel like they are going back to school. Our courses are not like those offered by a traditional catering college - both in the style of training we offer and the environment you will learn in. The broad range of ages and backgrounds of students at the Ashburton Chefs Academy will mean you feel very much at home.
We know our courses represent a meaningful investment so we include tailored travel insurance cover in our course fees. Our group travel insurance policy will insure you against issues such as sickness or accident that would prevent you taking or completing the course. Cover starts from the 1st of the following month after you have paid your deposit.
The insurance does not cover “change-of-mind” or any scenario that is not specifically detailed in the policy document. Any claims are initiated and pursued by the student through the insurance provider directly, and any agreed insurance payments due are made by the insurance provider direct to the student upon the successful completion of a claim.
Please read the policy document to ensure you understand the cover provided and exclusions - such as pre-existing medical conditions. Click here to read the policy.
If you feel the insurance policy is not suitable for your needs, you must take out your own travel insurance policy prior to booking the course. There is no rebate in respect of non-use of our insurance policy.
You should be committed to complete the course prior to enrolling, and our interview process is designed to assess your commitment and suitability for the course. Demand is high for places on this course and whilst rare, non-participation can deprive other potential students of a place. We will always aim to be as flexible as possible and work with you to help find the best solution to any challenges you might face.
Cancellation policy in a nutshell.
As a graduate you can expect to be considered seriously for entry level chef positions in good quality restaurants. Your training at the Chefs Academy is aimed at preparing you for a junior chef position, but of course this is dependant on your own ambitions and the opportunities that come your way.
The Academy will be able to support you in your search for employment with references and introduce you to the vacancies offered by partner companies at hotels, restaurants, chalet and yacht crew agencies.
Confidence and self-belief come from mastering the fundamentals of cooking. No qualification can replace years of experience in a commercial kitchen, but we will prepare you to be a skilled chef with a good technical ability, a professional approach, good presentation skills and the confidence to be able to cope in a pressured and commercial environment, be that a restaurant or cooking for a private function. Graduates from the Chefs Academy have been eagerly snapped up by top employers who are keen to recruit well trained individuals.
We aim to prepare you for the realities of an industry that demands long hours and dedication, but equally can be as rewarding as any career. Our chefs have a wealth of industry experience and will be able to provide advice for your chosen career path.
We are blessed with some of Europe's finest food producer's in Devon and Cornwall, and all the food we source is from high quality local, food suppliers. It is our policy to reduce food miles, to source seasonal organic ingredients at every opportunity, and to only use sustainable food stocks. We audit the provenance of all of the produce we use. Your training and your food will benefit substantially from our approach which is in contrast to many other institutions.
If you are ready to take the next step to joining the Chefs Academy, you can either call us on 01364 652784(Int. +44 1364 652784) and we can process your application over the phone. Or complete our online enrolment form here and we will contact you to complete your booking.
Please note that places can only be secured on the course with a non-refundable deposit, so as soon as you are sure that you wish to enrol, please contact us as soon as you can since places are in high demand.
|Course Only||Optional Accommodation|
|Mon to Fri
9.00am to 4pm
|Finlake - Shared Lodge
7 nights/week (40 nights)
Professional Culinary Certificate
|Full amount payable:||
6 weeks prior to start of course.
Our unique residential package for Chefs Academy students offers a fantastic experience that you won't find anywhere else. Set in 130 acres of magnificent Devon countryside, Finlake is one of the country's most sought after holiday destinations just 15 minutes from Ashburton.
Academy students share a luxury, 3-bedroomed woodland lodge which is fitted to the highest standards. Featuring a spacious shared lounge and dining area, tv, fitted kitchen & bathrooms, as well as outdoor deck and bbq areas.
Finlake offers a wealth of activities to help you relax after your training in the kitchen. Start the day with an early morning swim in the heated indoor pool, keep fit in the extensive fitness room, or enjoy one of the many woodland walks. Enjoy a fresh coffee in the park cafe, or unwind with a drink in the bar and restaurant with friends.
Accommodation includes access to all leisure facilities and free minibus transport between Finlake and the Ashburton Cookery School. Finlake is truly an inspirational setting from which to complete your studies at the Chefs Academy.
|Typical Lodges||Spacious Lounge||Fitted Kitchen|
|Indoor Pool||Fitness Room||Restaurant & Cafe Complex|
|Horse Riding & Walks||Fishing Lake, Cycling Paths||Tennis Courts|
Located just 15 minutes from the Academy, you will enjoy the peace of Finlakes rural location, while benefiting from the proximity to local town services of Chudleigh. You are also perfectly positioned to take advantage of all that Devon has to offer, with Dartmoor National Park on your doorstep and the Eat Devon coast just 15 minutes away.
Exeter is just 20 minutes by car which provides plenty in the way of shopping, services and entertainment. And of course, the Cornish border is only 1 hour away.
Devon is one of Europe's finest food regions, and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food producers, farmer's markets, fine restaurants and some of the UK's best pubs.
If you would like to download a pdf prospectus please click here.
If you would like us to send you a prospectus in the post, please contact us here.
To enrol for the Professional Culinary Certificate simply call us on 01364 652784 to speak to a student advisor. There is no interview required to take this course, simply secure your place with a deposit.