The Chinese Culinary Arts course was developed in association with the Tianjin School of Cuisine.
It is the first qualification of its kind in the United Kingdom to be launched in the UK.
The level 3 qualification covers Chinese garnishes, hot wok dishes, Chinese pastries, dough modelling and Chinese food culture.
Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director for the Chichester College Group, said: “Working closely with international educational institutions is important to Crawley College and to the Chichester College Group as a whole – we want to see the group develop at home and abroad.”
The course launched on October 8 at Crawley College with the Mayor of Crawley, Chinese chefs from Tianjin, Mr. Lin Tian, and Ching He Huang in attendance.
There was a fear that the Chinese restaurant industry was in decline which led to the development of this Chinese catering course in the UK to produce ‘homegrown’ Chinese chefs.
Russell Grocott, founder and director of PAM Education, said: “Our work with the Tianjin School of cuisine has escalated from what started as the design of an Education programme into a mission to reintroduce authentic Chinese Culinary Arts across the UK.
“Our programme provides budding Chinese chefs and restaurant owners with the opportunity to learn skills and gain a regulated qualification recognised world-wide supported by the finest Master Chefs based in China.”
The qualification will also serve as an easier access route for restaurant and hotel owners in the UK to find chefs who can make the cuisine.
It costs up to £15,000 for British restaurant and hotel owners to recruit chefs from China, so owners will be saving a significant amount of money by hiring from the course.
David Pedrette, Managing Director of Target Catering Equipment, says:
“This is the way forward for training providers to work with industry from around the world developing a global workforce qualified to the highest standards”.
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