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Woody studied both the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery & the Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision.
Why did you choose to come to Petroc?I chose to study at Petroc mainly due to the course and facilities available.
And what made you pick this particular course?I chose this course due to the large focus on the theory content (as well as practical). It was also partly due to the very modern facilities on offer (new kitchens etc), and working hands-on in The Taw restaurant.
Which elements of your course do you particularly enjoy?I especially enjoy the food theory and management lessons.
What have been the highlights so far?Last year I was chosen to do work experience abroad, in Gothenburg, Sweden. This was a really special opportunity and one that I was very pleased to take part in.
What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?The modern facilities in the Lifestyle Centre.
What do you plan to do when you leave college?I currently have a conditional offer to study Bakery Science and Technology at London Southbank University. This is something I am really excited to begin.
What’s the long-term plan?After university, I plan on remaining in London and gaining further experience working in bakeries and patisseries, and eventually have my own business.
Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?Ensure that you have a strong interest in food. The course is extremely rewarding if you’re passionate about the subject, due to the content and opportunities on offer.
Natasha is studying Level 1 Hospitality & Catering at our Mid Devon campus
Hospitality & Catering Level 1
Mid Devon Campus
Former pupil of Exmouth Community College
While at school in Exmouth, Natasha attended Petroc one day per week on the ‘Links Programme’ to study and practice catering. She enjoyed it and developed a passion for cooking – when she left school, Petroc was the obvious choice to help her pursue her dream of becoming a chef.
In only her first year at Petroc, Natasha demonstrated her abilities to the degree that she was entered in the Springboard ‘FutureChef’ competition. She performed extremely well against some impressive competition to reach the second round (hosted at Petroc’s Barnstaple campus). Her journey in the competition ended there but the experience has fired up Natasha’s determination to do better when she enters next year! Natasha went on to say: “FutureChef was a tough and inspirational experience but it was a real eye-opener and I am glad I did it. The experience was invaluable”.
Natasha describes the Tiverton campus as being like her extended family and she feels welcome and supported here. She plans to progress her education at Petroc and will be undertaking Levels 2 & 3 in Catering.
Her ultimate goal is to become a chef on cruise ship: “I really want to see the world and indulge my passion for creating fantastic food, so this ambition ticks both those boxes’.
Natasha’s advice to anyone considering a career in catering is: “Listen to the lecturing staff very carefully, they have the experience and skills to make your studies here more productive and rewarding”.
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