Students develop essential life skills such as the ability to prepare and cook dishes from a range of countries and cultures, developing curiosity about the world around them. They learn about the importance of nutrient-dense foods and the effect an unbalanced diet can have upon health. Students carry out tasks hygienically and learn about the correct storage of different commodities, alongside the legislation followed in the food industry.
Students become eco-friendly cooks, ensuring their practices are sustainable and that they understand how menus are constantly changing to ensure the needs of all customers are met, for example, customers with special dietary needs or choices. They also consider how to plan menus, to adhere to a design brief and budget, making them more considerate consumers in the process.
Using their knowledge and skills from other areas of the curriculum, such as presenting data linked to nutrition and scaling a recipe, students learn to confidently communicate using French terminology and how to research the history of dishes. They learn an appreciation of the diverse and exciting hospitality industry and the skills required to perform successfully in a myriad of roles within different establishments and settings.