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Student case study

Lucy Catering

Apprentice Commis Chef L2

I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to work and earn a wage while still attending college. I’ve gained lots of skills and knowledge and classes are very practical and hands on. The facilities are great and the staff are very encouraging. I am hoping to progress into employment at The Auckland Project at the end of my apprenticeship.

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What courses could I study?

We have a course at BAC regardless of your previous experience of Catering. If you have some experience, you might enter at Level 2. If not, we have other courses designed to build up your skills first. Click below to read about the options available:

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What facilities would I have access to?

As a Catering student you would have access to two industry standard training kitchens which provide different cooking experiences, from induction hobs and infra-red grills to traditional open gas hobs and solid tops. All kitchens are fully kitted out with all the equipment you will require and ingredients are provided for you. As you progress through the levels you will be introduced to different techniques and cooking methods. Sous-vide water baths, smoking guns, dehydrators and molecular gastronomy equipment are all available for you to use to release your creativity.

The college has its own restaurant, 'Ambition', which is used for functions, lunches and fine dining experiences. You will also gain the opportunity to learn how to make Barista type coffees and gain some knowledge of wine tasting.

What trips could I go on?


In the past students have visited many fine dining restaurants, including Rockcliffe Hall and Headlam Hall. This is to gain professional dining experience and try new foods.

Previous student research and development trips have been to London, Newcastle and Birmingham. During London visits students have explored the capital city and taken part in a chocolate demonstration and different dining experiences. Other trips have been to the cheese factory at Leyburn and various food markets.

In the past students have taken part in the annual Bishop Auckland Food Festival, learning new skills while working alongside professional chefs.

What careers are there in this area?

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