How to be a Chef free cookery course starting Feb 2024 – looking for applicants

Chefs working at the pass

Its that time again – we are looking for young people who are NEET 16-25 year olds who want to work in the food industry to join our course – How to be a Chef which starts on Wednesday 21 February.

The course runs twice a year –September and February. It runs for 12 weeks and we take a break when the schools take a break for school holidays. It’s a course for NEET 16–25-year-olds who like to cook and who want to work in the food industry – even if this is as a back up to other work ideas.  The September course is soon to come to a close and the second course this academic year starts on Wed 21 Feb and run until Thurs 23 May with a 2 week break for Easter. We are working with the current students to find work and we are partnering with Bocabar and Season + Taste who are offering work experience.

It’s a hands-on course where students will learn to cook a wide range of dishes using huge variety of ingredients. We have a lot of fun, cook, and eat together and they will receive a Level 2 BTec and a Food Hygiene Certificate. Past students on our spring/summer course have been to a farm, taken part in a Bristol food tour and helped prep and serve at events alongside the cooking lessons – with interesting sessions led by outstanding Bristol chefs.

The group is very small, with only 8/9 places available.

Students need to get to Square Food Foundation at The Park, Daventry Rd, BS4 1DQ for two days per week.  After a couple of weeks, the second day will take part at our catering kitchen – Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple rd, BS4 1JP.  Those days will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 4pm, and we need to ensure the places go to people who can commit to this and be on time every day. At the catering kitchen there will be opportunities to work on events and they will be paid for any outside events they put your hand up to work at.

Towards the end of the course, we will help with next steps… either signposting to other courses or helping with finding work opportunities.  We partner with some great restaurants across the city.

We will invite all applicants to come in and meet one of the tutors ahead of the course start, where they have a chance to look at the kitchen and get a feel for the course.  Charlotte, Stu and Abby are the course tutors, and there is information on the course on our website – please find the link here .

  1. How to be a Chef course
  2. 12 weeks in length with a break of one or two weeks half-way through in line with school holidays
  3. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 4pm
  4. Help and guidance around career opportunities at the end of the course

Please signpost any young people you know who may be interested – and either email me direct or get them to fill in this v short form here .  We will be holding interviews the week of 8 Jan and can also fit some in before Christmas – the week of 11 December.  We will also hold a taster day in January.


We look forward to hearing from you.