Healthy ingredients laid out on a table
Steak and tomatoes on a wooden board

Hospitality, Catering & Cookery

Amazing Food – Made by You!

Whether you’ve got an existing passion for cooking tasty, Instagram-worthy food or you’re brand new to it but really fancy yourself as the next Gordon Ramsay, East Durham College’s professional cookery courses can help make it happen.

Studying in our two fantastic, state-of-the-art commercial kitchens, you’ll be learning the ropes (and recipes!) from professional chefs and catering professionals with years of experience in the industry.

Your food won’t be going to waste either – catering students get the opportunity to prepare meals for the public in our on-site restaurant, The Grove (more on that later!), and also prepare food for our students and staff as part of the daily catering offer that's sent out from The Grove too.

Students studying cookery also get the opportunity to learn all about hospitality too and interacting with members of the public, to ensure you have a thorough understanding of both behind the scenes in the kitchen and the importance of customer service front-of-house too.

Before we get too much into what makes our professional cookery courses so great at EDC, why not take a look at it for yourself with our video below?

The Grove Restaurant - East Durham College

A huge part of your course is preparing you for the workplace, and there’s no better way of doing that than ensuring that the delicious delights you make as part of the course are served to actual members of the public, just like how they would be if you were working as a professional chef!

Open for lunch and dinner service during the week, The Grove is our fantastic restaurant, found at our Peterlee campus.

With a regularly-changing menu to ensure you learn a wide variety of different dishes, the restaurant will keep you on your toes and you’ll learn plenty of different techniques from creating incredible sauces to learning many different pastry techniques too.

The Grove was officially opened in 2023 after an extensive renovation project, bringing our college restaurant bang up to trend with a beautiful interior, plenty of seating space and even more opportunities for you to grow your skills thanks to expanded kitchens as well.

The Grove Restaurant - tables, booth seating and foliage wall all visible
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