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Professional Chef Cookery Course (NVQ Level 2 Diploma)

DATE: September 2018

DURATION: 1 year full-time

The Professional Cookery Course is a craft diploma and could be also a stepping stone to go to university. This Professional Cookery Diploma in London builds the foundation for a career as a Professional Chef and allows you to develop across all areas of professional cookery expertise. If you live outside London, the Cooking School offers accommodation and the possibility to work for a Catering Company in the meantime you are studying. Some Bursaries are available

  • Personal Training

  • Real Work Experience

  • Small groups for class and study

  • Professional Coaching

  • High success rates in the job market

  • Excellent progression to University


This Professional Cookery Qualification is aimed at learners interested in Hospitality and Catering. It is both for new entrants interested in a Professional Cookery Certification and also for those already working in hospitality and catering who want to get their Cookery NVQ Diploma.

This Cookery Course in London is especially convenient for the ones who didn’tget their A-Level or don’t want an academy route, this Cooking Course could be considered as a Gap Year or an alternative route to university.

More about Professional Chef Cookery Course (NVQ Level 2 Diploma)

5 GCSE (A-C grade) however, each application will be considered on individual merit

Prospective students will be employed by Lakefield or another approved hospitality employer for the duration of the course.

Completion of at least three days’ work experience at Lakefield.

  • During the Professional Cookery course you will also take other supporting qualifications to back up your professional training.
  • City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • RIPH Level 2 Health & Safety Certificate
  • RIPH Level 2 Food Safety Certificate
  • City & Guilds Level 2  Award in the Principles of Nutrition in Food Production

Timetable for all our Cookery Courses in London:

  • Morning 8:45am-12:20pm Practical Training Cookery
  • Afternoon: 1:00-5:30 Theory Classes

The Chef Course Diploma Course starts in September and ends in July.

Mandatory Units

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment (3 Credits)
  • Maintain, handle and clean knives (3 Credits)
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team (3 Credits)
  • Maintain food safety when preparing, storing and cooking food (4 Credits)

Plus optional Units

  • Prepare meat for basic dishes (4 Credits)
  • Prepare poultry for basic dishes (4 Credits)
  • Prepare vegetables for basic dishes (4 Credits)
  • Employment rights and responsibilities in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector (2 Credits)
  • Cook and finish basic meat dishes (5 Credits)
  • Cook and finish basic poultry dishes (5 Credits)
  • Cook and finish basic vegetable dishes (4 Credits)
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic soups (4 credits)
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic bread and dough products (5 Credits)
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic pastry products (5 Credits)
  • Prepare cook and finish basic hot sauces (4 Credits)
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic cakes, sponges, biscuits and scones (5 Credits)
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic cold and hot desserts (4 Credits)

With this cookery course diploma you can enter immediate employment as a Commis Chef.

When you finish your NVQ cookery Course, you could work:

  • Hotels and Fine dining restaurants
  • Other restaurants and catering outlets that serve freshly prepared and cooked food, which could include:
  • Production kitchens for airline catering
  • Events catering
  • Catering sites
  • Catering for employees, clients or customers.
  • Residential  Catering/ Schools

This Chef Course in London offers

  • One to one coaching with Professional Mentor
  • CPD sessions- Continual Professional Development
  • Visiting hotels and Restaurants, Contract Caterers to gain insight
  • Teamwork, developing positive working relationships with others
  • Opportunity to enter national competitions in your field of work
  • Placement opportunities with famous chefs
  • On-line learning and testing programme

Selected students have the possibility of getting extra income by working for Netherhall’s Catering. These hours will be paid at the National Minimum Wage for the age group of the students.

Evening 6:30­ 8:00 Paid Work (optional)

Weekends. Paid Work (optional)

Are you ready for this course?


My course (Professional Cookery) definitely provided me with the knowledge and fuelled my ambition to pursue a career in the Hospitality industry



"Help you to understand the value of teamwork



“The tutors, who excel in their field, were enthusiastic and passionate and this was highly motivating


Lakefield awards

2 Medals for ExcellenceCity & Guilds Best Student

The Craft Guild of Chefs

Cherry Grainger Award

Lion AwardCity & Guilds

Medal for ExcellenceCity & Guilds Best Student

PARENT AND DAUGHTER COOKING COURSE SPECIAL OFFER! Get the 4 classes for just £40 (Real cost: £345)