Ashburton Chefs Academy

Ashburton Chefs Academy

Graduate Employment

Graduating from the Ashburton Chefs Academy equips you with the fundamental skills and techniques required to work as a professional chef. Past graduates have achieved great success in commercial kitchens, and have found their Ashburton training has opened the door to some of the best kitchens in Europe, fast-tracking their career progression by years.

Cooking professionally doesn't only mean working in a commercial kitchen of course, and there are many routes to fulfiling your passion for cookery in life.

Listed below are some of the career paths that past Chefs Academy graduates have taken.

1. Working in a Commercial Kitchen

Graduates of our Professional Culinary Diploma who wanted commercial kitchen experienced have been able to quickly secure junior chef positions across the world, ranging from gastro pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants to private members clubs.

Ashburton Chefs Academy gave me the skills necessary to work anywhere in a professional kitchen although nothing can prepare you for a real mise en place, and the buzz of service – there’s just nothing on earth like it.
Chef Graduate Alan DeSpain

2. Running your own catering businesses

For those that are planning to run their own hospitality or catering business, the Chefs Academy can provide vital experience and preparation. Graduates Sarah returned to her native Montserrat to take over the running of Olveston House and Nicola took charge of family hotel business The Marle in Milton Keynes where she caters for functions and weddings. Charles graduated with plans to open his own patisserie in London later this summer and Howard is currently evaluating business opportunities in the luxury hospitality sector.

I had a thoroughly life changing time at Ashburton. The diploma has enabled me to go forward and specialise as a pâtissier. Ashburton Cookery School’s attention to detail, with techniques, time management and exquisite presentation has given me a great foundation for my new career.
Chef Graduate Charles Shand

3. Teaching the next generation of cooks

Amanda enjoyed the cookery school life so much that she joined a leading culinary school and catering company in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ashburton Chefs Academy has given me the most outstanding grounding for this job, I really cannot fault my training. Our time in the kitchen have given me an eagle eye in my own kitchen and I cannot accept anything less than perfection. There is not a day that goes by when I don't thank my lucky stars I took the leap and trained at Ashburton.
Chef Graduate Amanda

4. Travel the world

The Chefs Academy qualification is recognised internationally and being able to cook professionally opens a world of travel possibilities. Diploma graduate Richard is planning to combine his passion for travel and gastronomy by teaching school children in South East Asia how to grow and cook their own food.

5. Working as a food writer

Paul Phillips left the course hoping to pursue a part-time career in food writing. He recently had his first pieces published and has launched his own blog (

This course is about more than just cooking, it opened my eyes to the importance of quality produce and the amazing individuals involved in delivering it. I have moved from being a passionate amateur to someone who really understands food.
Chef Graduate Paul Philips
“The range of opportunities in our industry is unrivalled and I am very proud that the Chefs Academy has given these students the chance to follow their dreams” says Darrin Hosegrove, Chef Director. “These graduates demonstrate the exciting, life-changing opportunities available for those serious about a career in hospitality and catering. You too can lay the foundations for future success at the Ashburton Chefs Academy.”
Chef Director Darrin Hosegrove

Meet Academy Students

Academy students come from a wide range of backgrounds. From mature students who want to launch a second career, to those looking for an alternative to university.

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