Denis chef academy graduate

Denis wants to pursue a career in food and needed a qualification to bolster his CV and strengthen his chances of employment. He is a graduate of the 3 week Certificate in Culinary Skills course (February 2016). Here he tells us how his confidence has improved…

Tell us about your background and reasons for choosing the course

I’m currently working as a gardener on a health farm. I used to work in a kitchen but needed to upgrade my skills and CV in the hope of finding work back in the kitchen.

Was the qualification important to you?

Yes, very important. The fact it is internationally recognised is great for me. I wanted a qualification that was accredited by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, as it’s so widely known in the food and hospitality industry. It’s also great that the CIEH health & safety certificate is included.

What have you enjoyed about the course?

The time spent visiting local food producers has been very insightful for me. We went to see the local butcher and he showed us how to cure different meats and how to get the most from an animal. This was really valuable and a great addition to the course.

Has the career support been useful?

Yes, I’ve had one-to-one sessions and advice on the options open to me after the course. I think it’s good that the career support is there even after I finish the course, as I will definitely be in touch in the future.

Why did you choose White Pepper?

My employer actually found the course for me. They liked that it was professional, accredited by a recognised awarding body, and also that White Pepper could advise on affordable local accommodation. The school has also won lots of awards so it has a good reputation. The fact that I only needed to take 3 weeks off work was also a huge benefit.

What skills do you feel have most improved?

I feel more confident as a cook and my baking and butchery skills have definitely developed. Time management has also been useful.

How do you feel about your future career prospects now?

Much brighter. I have the confidence to apply for a role in the kitchen now!

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