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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education

Professional Cookery


Course Code(s):  5N1356 LC
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Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This City & Guilds Diploma in Culinary Arts is for candidates who wish to work in the hospitality industry. The course also aims to combine practical Culinary related modules with modules relevant to the Hospitality and Catering sector. The course consists of practical training and demonstrations, workshops and field study visits. Guest speakers from the Catering/Tourism sector may visit the Institute and learners may attend business presentations and seminars.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Prepare food for cold presentation
Prepare, cook and finish stocks, soups and sauces
Prepare, cook and finish fish and shellfish dishes
Prepare, cook and finish meat, poultry and offal
Prepare, cook and finish vegetables, fruit and pulses
Prepare, cook and finish rice, grain, farinaceous products and egg dishes
Prepare, cook and finish bakery products
Prepare, cook and finish hot and cold deserts and puddings
Catering operations, costs and menu planning
Culinary Arts Principles
Food safety in catering
Safety at work
Food safety and catering
Healthier foods and special diets

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Chef   Commis Chef  
Restaurant/Catering Manager   Pastry Chef   
Sommelier   Sous Chef  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Tourism & Hospitality
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