“We know that education, more than anything else improves our chances of building a better life”

All of our kitchen operative and trainee chefs go through our diploma.  It is a collaboration between industry, education and City and Guilds. It takes into account the latest approach to food safety, health and safety and industry practices.

The content of this qualification is underpinned by the belief that to work as a successful chef in the catering industry it is essential to have a good foundation in a wide range of high quality cooking skills and to be able to apply them across a range of catering contexts.

David Pilling

As the Head Chef of Nurture Catering, a large part of my role is to help give visitors skills to move them back into sustainable careers. It’s not just about catering, it’s about building confidence for people who might be down on luck.

Six years ago I was working as a head chef of a busy hotel, working 80 hours a week. I was craving a quieter life and looking for a new challenge, so when I spotted the job going at St George’s Crypt as the head chef. It was like divine inspiration and I had to apply, never expecting that I would ever get the job. Six years on and I haven’t looked back.

The rewards have been endless.

A dedicated chef, mentor, and experienced training facilitator, with many years in the catering industry.

Unwavering in his pursuit to producing only the absolute best results for Nurture Catering and its valued customers.

Gordon Melville

Gordon Melville

Volunteer Apprentices

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Our volunteers work towards completing our industry standard qualification.  They gain a high standard of cookery skills from processes, such as roasting and frying to commodities, whilst also learning other workplace essentials like menu design.
The Diploma in is for anyone who works or wants to work as a Kitchen Assistant or a Chef in the catering and hospitality sector.  It is ideal for learners coming straight from a non educational background who wish to seek a career in this industry.  It is also ideal for those chefs in industry who would like to continue or refresh their knowledge by undertaking topics within the qualification.

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Contact Details


St George’s Crypt,
Great George Street,

Phone: 07401 921308