You will have the opportunity to work in the world’s largest buzzing industry and gain a qualification to help you gain a 'passport' to employment.
There are lots of job opportunities from airlines, cruise ships, event management companies, hotels and restaurants and you even have the opportunity to travel overseas as part of your studies.
Level 3 Professional Cookery, Newry Campus
‘While at college I competed in the IFEX Professional Chef competition in Belfast which attracts the best chefs from around Ireland competing over three days. I really enjoyed the buzz of competiton and when they announced I had won three gold medals, I could not believe it, this then lead me into the World Skills Competition.
The craic in class was brilliant but was challenging cooking for large numbers in the Graduate Restaurant; this was realistic and prepared me for industry.
If you enjoy hard work and have a passion for food (and that doesn’t mean just eating it) this is the job for you. I am hoping to progress to the part time Foundation Degree in International Culinary Arts as my long term goal.’
Brendan really enjoyed the practical aspect of the course with the theory of food taught as an integral part of the programme.
With the full time programme timetabled over 2 days and 1 evening restaurant Brendan was able to work 5 days per week in Restaurant 23.
Brendan entered numerous competitions and was the only Northern Ireland chef student picked for the UK World Skills Squad 2011, within this he had a very extensive programme of training and development along with many national competitions. He had the chance to do work placements at the O2 Arena Music Awards and The Ritz London. Brendan is currently working full-time and hopes to travel before returning to parttime education next year.