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Culinary Arts

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This course is delivered over two years full-time. This is the course to train and develop you for the role of professional chef in the world of tourism and hospitality. As a chef you need to be creative with food, aware of cost and food safety in the kitchen environment. On completing this course you will have the foundation and knowledge to further your career in today’s fast growing industry. Training covers theory and practice in professional cookery. Worked based learning would take place during the summer months in catering establishments throughout the country.

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WD172 - Culinary Arts
Waterford IT

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WD172 - Culinary Arts
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Benefits to be gained form this course

  • Be qualified to work in various catering establishments i.e., resturants/hotels/gastrobars/cruise ships/contract catering/factory catering/food development

  • Travel abroad as the qualification is recognised worldwide.

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