Team Receive Award for Pro Chefs Course

Head of the Hotel School at City College Norwich, Steve Thorpe, received commendation from colleagues and industry peers this week as part of the team to pick up the British Hospitality Award for Training at their annual meeting and luncheon at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 24th June.

The awards recognise a number of industry leaders and organisations and were presented by Lord Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The team were nominated for their dedication in developing a new course and qualification for the hospitality industry, the Diploma in Professional Cookery, which provides the skills needed to work as a professional chef. The qualification, which will supplant the previous NVQ, was developed in response to the skills shortages identified by employers, the Sector Skills Council and colleges. The course will be delivered as part of the National Training Academy’s drive to increase the skill level of chefs in the British Hospitality Industry.

The course consists of 3 levels run over three years with students starting from 16 years old. This vocational qualification will enable progression into employment or a Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts. Those progressing to the third year can expect a 5-hour practical exam. “It’s cooking under pressure” says Steve. “The course has been developed to ensure there is a national standard curriculum that will develop chefs to work in a quality kitchen environment and to use the fresh produce available to them locally or nationally. This modern course reflects the up to date catering styles which customers are becoming accustomed to with the current high profile of cookery nationally”.

Mr Thorpe accepted the award along with Gary Hunter of Westminster Kingsway College, a former student of the City College Norwich, Neil Rippington, Colchester Institute, Phil Dobson University College Birmingham, Shyam Patiar, Coleg Llandrillo and Kevin Bayes, Great Yarmouth College.