• Hospitality and Tourism

    Introduction to Professional Cookery

  • SCQF Level

    Level 4

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, 18 weeks

  • Start Date

    From 24 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability

    Kilmarnock, Ayr

Start Here

For entry to this course you don’t need any formal qualifications - what you must have is a real interest in cooking and a desire to work in the fast paced and highly enjoyable hospitality industry. You’ll also need to come in for interview.

What's Involved

This is a ‘hands on' course which will introduce you to what’s involved in working in an industrial kitchen, and help you develop the skills and techniques you’ll need for working in hospitality.

You’ll start by learning about different food products and how to prepare food for cooking. You’ll handle meat, fish, rice and pulses, plus there will be plenty of vegetable slicing and chopping, just like you see the professionals doing on TV!

Once you’ve mastered that, you’ll move onto basic cookery for starters, main courses and desserts. You’ll also do a bit of baking, including bread and dough.

Along the way, you’ll learn about various aspects of working successfully in a kitchen, such as food hygiene and safety. We’ll also help you develop your skills for employment, including working as part of a team.

This course includes a lot of real work experience in a variety of industry outlets.

And like all our hospitality courses, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Participate in real functions such as business events or bespoke dinners.
  • Go on visits to restaurants, pubs, clubs or hotels.
  • Join in Masterclasses from local industry professionals.
  • Hear top tips on how to get ahead in hospitality from leading employers, successful venue owners and industry suppliers.
  • Take part in competitions to put your new skills to the test – with prizes of course!

Interested? Come in for an informal chat to find out more. Contact Maggie Garrard on 01563 523501 extension 8662 or email maggie.garrard@ayrshire.ac.uk

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving on to a relevant course at the next level to advance your skills and knowledge e.g. Professional Cookery (Level 5) or Food and Beverage Service (Level 5)
  • Applying for jobs in the hospitality industry, such as a kitchen assistant in a hotel, restaurant or bar

See our blog on why hospitality is a great career choice here

Start Date

24 Aug 2018



Start Date

24 Aug 2018