With over 2.5 million people, catering and hospitality is the country’s fifth biggest employer and makes the UK economy over £90 billion a year. This is a lively sector that covers thousands of establishments and different sized operations, from restaurants and pubs to film premieres and festivals.
There are several professional avenues from working either behind the scenes as a chef or front of house as a waiter or restaurant manager. Beyond restaurants and hotels, catering staff are also needed in businesses, hospitals and even the armed forces.
Our catering and hospitality students are based at our Hitchin Campus, which includes Hart Kitchens – our recently refurbished, student-run restaurant.
Our catering and hospitality courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Galvin at Windows, Alimentum, Hermitage Road and Hanbury Manor
Visits to Billingsgate Seafood School, Hanbury Manor and Fine Food Fair
Attending the Game to Eat Workshop for level 3 professional cookery students
Attending the environmental health presentation.
The variety of catering and hospitality courses at NHC provides many study options to match your aspirations and interests:
Catering: you’ll learn about food preparation and cookery, kitchen equipment, cooking for large numbers of people, nutrition, food hygiene, serving food and drink as well as good communication and customer care.
Hospitality: you’ll learn about the different features of the hospitality industry – from hotels to restaurants. You’ll also study how establishments are run and ensure top-quality customer service.
Professional cookery: you’ll develop your basic catering skills by looking more closely at kitchen workplace skills; costing and menu planning; healthier food and special dietary requirements; practical gastronomy for fish, vegetable, meat, poultry, game dishes, bakery and pastry skills.
Food and beverage service: you’ll learn about the supervision of food and drink preparation, food safety for catering, promotion of food and beverage services and products. You’ll also learn about customer service in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, how to supervise hospitality events as well as the legal and social responsibilities within the sector.
Our courses – particularly your involvement in the running of Hart Kitchens - will also equip you with the wider skills that sector employers look for, including customer service, stock management and event planning.