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Cookery & Food Studies
You'll study in industry-standard kitchens and in our commercial and training restaurants

Cookery & Food Studies

1 in 6 people in London work in hospitality: train now at Barking & Dagenham College and grab those job opportunities

Tabitha Aldrich-Smith, spokesperson at the
British Hospitality Association British Hospitality Association said:

"One in every 6 people in London work in hospitality and there are thousands of opportunities for people looking for a career in the hospitality sector in London right now.  If you have the right positive can do attitude you can go all the way to the top in hospitality. 

"20 million of us eat at least one meal out of the home every day and at the heart of the restaurant scene is London. Top restaurant teams are setting up high profile establishments with global chefs, but also an amazing street food, start up and pop up scene."

City & Guilds: Level 1 right up to Level 3

London is the heart of the restaurant scene and if you have your sights set on reaching the top you need to have a creative passion for food, for delivering good service and for hard work.

Our professional courses are for those who want to train to work in restaurant and hospitality industry. 

"Second to none", says proud parent 

Julie from Essex, whose son is training to be a chef at Barking & Dagenham College, talks about the industry-standard training environment:

“The training kitchens and the restaurants, where students get real work experience catering for paying customers, are second to none – far beyond anything we have seen at any other college. 

 “It’s proving to be an excellent place from which to step into the professional world of cooking and catering management.”

You'll train in our commercial and training restaurants

Use this link to read more about our commercial and training restaurant, The Chef's Hat, at our Rush Green campus. 

"Adrenalin rush": student Perry Torrance talks about GCSEs and the future

With 13 GCSEs under his belt including 1 A* and 10 A grades, Perry (age 17) joined Barking & Dagenham College in September 2013 to train to be a chef. 

Perry Torrance and Alan Bird

Perry (pictured above on the left with Alan Bird) who juggles jobs at Bird of Smithfield and at Tasty Affair Catering, alongside his studies, is about to start on the next level of his City & Guilds Diploma in Professional Cookery and gives some advice to others who are thinking about their next step this summer.

To read more about Perry's training and ambititions just click this link.

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Patisserie student, Rachel Nafi, explains the benefits of studying catering at Barking & Dagenham College:

Rachel Nafi

Upcoming Events

  • Technical Skills Academy Open Day, Thursday 23 February 2017, 4.30 - 7pm
    Technical Skills Academy Open Day, Thursday 23 February 2017, 4.30 - 7pm

    23 February 2017

    Study in a friendly environment, that's more grown-up than school. Built by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, and managed and run by Barking & Dagenham College, the Technical Skills Academy offers a creative and buzzing atmosphere.

  • Stars from The Voice and X Factor perform at fundraising event
    Stars from The Voice and X Factor perform at fundraising event

    3 March 2017

    Diamond, a contestant on ITV’s The Voice 2017 and girl band Alien Uncovered, from the X Factor, will perform at Barking & Dagenham College as part of a fundraising event in aid of the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

  • Inspiration Day 2017
    Inspiration Day 2017

    9 March 2017

    Our inspiration day, is the perfect opportunity to find out about courses, skills and career paths, speak to our experts for guidance & advice, explore our college facilities and enjoy tasters in various subject areas at Barking & Dagenham College.

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