Professional cookery student Taran Dadral

Cookery student Taran Dadral

With a mum who wants to open her own restaurant, after finishing sixth form 18-year-old Taran Dadral decided to come to college to gain the skills he’ll need to work in the family business in the future.

Taran, who is currently studying for the Level 1 diploma in hospitality industry skills, said: “A careers advisor suggested the college to me and I went along to an open day to find out more about what cookery courses were available and have a look at the facilities – I was very impressed!

“I’m doing the Level 1 qualification as my maths grade wasn’t high enough for the Level 2 diploma in professional cookery, but I’m training alongside those students and picking up additional skills from them as I go along. I’m learning different knife skills and about recipes I’d never heard of before, as well health and safety and food hygiene in the kitchen.

“And it’s good experience to cook for customers in the Academy restaurant – when I get good comments from them it really boosts my confidence!

“If you want a specific career I’d definitely say take the college route – you get more hands on experience than studying at school and gain a much better understanding of the industry.”

After completing the Level 1 course Taran hopes to gain an apprenticeship so that we can earn while he learns by combining working in the hospitality industry with continuing to study for further qualifications at college.

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