Young Chefs’ Academy

Are you aged 13-16 and want to learn about cookery or baking? Do you have the motivation to learn on a Saturday at one of the leading colleges in the UK?

The Young Chefs’ Academy at Westminster Kingsway College has been the starting point for many of the college’s successful students and graduates. Many of the students in our Young Chefs’ Academy progress on to apply for our Professional Chef Diploma, Chef Apprenticeships or Patisserie Diplomas.

Starting in September 2020, we are also offering a specific Young Bakers’ Academy for those who want to learn more about baking and patisserie.

No formal qualifications are required but applicants should have a strong interest in their chosen subject. Our Saturday schools for 13 to 16 year olds offers a great opportunity, excellent tuition and a certificate on completion.

Our courses will help you:

  • Develop your cooking or baking talent
  • Take pride in what you cook or bake
  • Find out what it’s like to have a career as a chef or specialist chef

You will learn to cook or bake classical dishes, knife skills and food preparation techniques. Recipe packs are issued on the first Saturday of class. You will get to take whatever you cook or bake home, and will receive a certificate at our graduation presentation lunch.

The Young Chefs’ Academy focuses on chef skills and cooking and all applicants should have an interest in learning to be a chef, whilst the Young Bakers’ Academy focuses on patisserie and baking skills and all applicants should have an interest in learning to be a specialist chef.

  • £100 per person – all ingredients, chef jacket and knives provided
  • 5 week Saturday school – class times are 9am-3.30pm (with half hour lunch, food provided)

Course dates

We are recruiting on the following dates:

  • Saturday 9 January 2021
  • Saturday 27 February 2021
  • Saturday 24 April 2021
  • Saturday 29 May 2021

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Testimonials

Andrew, Testimonial

“As a parent to see my son want to pursue a career that for me I have enjoyed for 30+ years is a real joy. Gone are the days of it being seen as just a job, it has now elevated itself to a career of choice for so many. With my son having GCSE’s he wants to look at a career where he can express himself, and let others enjoy his work will be a real triumph for him. Being a Chef, or other role within the hospitality sector, is not what it used to be, it is something that for the ones that take this route they get real satisfaction from. The Young Chefs’ Academy Saturday school at Westminster Kingsway College is a fantastic learning opportunity for young people who considering a career to train as a Chef.”
Andrew Green, Chief Executive, Craft Guild of Chefs

David, Testimonial

“The Young Chefs’ Academy Saturday school has been extremely influential in giving numerous young people a career to aspire when they have done their GCSE’s. Unfortunately, schools who understand the value of  vocational education in the hospitality industry after GCSE’s are in the minority. I would strongly urge young people who have a passion for cooking to enrol at the Young Chefs’ Academy at Westminster Kingsway College. This will give you experience in a professional kitchen and you will be able to find out where full-time culinary studies can take you in your career.”
Professor David Foskett, MBE

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Sebastien R
Sebastien R
12/12/2020
Fantastic London Secret Fantastic lunch with Michelin star food and service at pub price. Great experience, lovely food and people.
David L
David L
11/12/2020
Christmas at the Brasserie Almost a year to the day since the last time, we are back, this time at the Brasserie instead of the Escoffier. Situated in the hall, the decor is functional but pleasant enough and there had been an effort to dress it up for Christmas. Covid precautions are impeccably implemented. There is no doubt that you are in a classroom not a restaurant. Don't let that put you off - its great what these students and their teachers do. Our server was Tia (hope I spelled that right) and she was friendly and attentive. Service was very prompt - I won't say rushed as we were never pressured but we did end up asking for some time to choose dessert simply to give ourselves some breathing room. In a commercial place I would suspect they were trying to turn the tables but here I think it was just exuberance. The food was the usual high standard. Starter of poached pear and blue cheese salad was enjoyed by both of us. Dining companion had the classic turkey and all the trimmings. I had the root vegetable strudel which was beautifully presented and enjoyable. The chocolate mousse for dessert was nice but we both found it too sweet for us and thought the cream was a step too far - but we chose it instead of the cheese board because we wanted to have something prepared by the kitchen. Value is great for the level of food and service: the bill came to about £90 for 3 courses each and a bottle of wine. Snags: they forgot to offer us bread before the starters arrived, rectified before we had even thought to notice the absence. And my mousse was missing the tiny star shaped shortbreads as advertised - only spotted by us half way through eating it. None of which detracted in anyway from the experience. It cannot be said enough that this is a great place that needs support to enable these students to progress. Go if you can, it's a gem. I hope that 2021 is a better year for the hospitality sector and that we are back much sooner than next Christmas.
Peter B
Peter B
04/12/2020
Amazing delicious meal We had the Christmas meat menu and it was very special. The whole meal had just the right amount of seasoning - perfect. The cauliflower cheese soup with cauliflower pieces was complimented by a slight spicy fried bhaji. The prawn sauce with the fish was delicate and perfect with the haddock. Now the venison was not only tender but really well cooked and the chutney was really tasty - a Christmas's flavour. To finish the chutney I would have needed more venison but was getting a bit full by then. The Christmas pudding was to die for. Congratulations a brilliant meal beautifully prepared with fabulous ingredients and the service was nearly Michelin starred. Well be back
Veniceaddict7
Veniceaddict7
22/10/2020
Delightful meal Visted for lunch today in Escoffier Room (held in Brasserie section on this occasion). Welcomed warmly by reception and students as usual. The Escoffier menu was outstanding. There was not a course you could fault. The compte brulee was my favourite - will try and duplicate this at home! Food was beautifully presented and superb. The students were effecient,friendly and helpful. Better than my birthday meal at a Michelen starred restaurant. Sadly not many customers due to covid however very safe set up so would encourage others to go. Amazing value for money.
Edwardscot
Edwardscot
21/10/2020
The Vincent Rooms I had a very pleasant and relaxed 5 course meal with wine pairing. The food and wine were excellent, the staff are students at the college and are helpful and informative. For £60 it can’t be beat for value. A firm favourite.
W14wanderer
W14wanderer
21/10/2020
Budding chef’s creations Delicious food created and served by students at Westminster Kingsway College. Six course tasting menu - wine and food - of very high quality and at a very reasonable price. The experience so enjoyable and good to encourage the young chefs who’ll be running our restaurants in due course.
Tully
Tully
19/10/2020
Lovely lunch, hope to return soon We ate in the Escoffier and had the seafood menu with accompanying wines. All was very good and we enjoyed very much. To my personal taste : 1. the tomato consume added little to the seafood medley. 2. The crumble detracted from the sorbet. 3. The chocolate bavoirois would have benefitted from a contrasting flavour on the plate, eg citrus, ginger, or other fruit. Thank you and best wishes to all the students.
Sue Twyford
Sue Twyford
13/10/2020
Fantastic menu and attentive service A lovely atmosphere with very attentive service, a seven course seafood themed menu. Each course was delicious, the dover sole being a particular delight. The price for a fine dining menu was excellent and well worth a visit, we will be returning and would highly recommend.
Laura E
Laura E
08/10/2020
Perfect lunch - delicious dishes and great service Like most people, my husband and I haven't eaten out that much recently so it was a real treat to come here for lunch yesterday. The tables were spaced out very comfortably and the environment was modern, inviting and spacious. The menu (which changes every week) was really interesting, created in partnership with New Covent Garden Market so you could chose to have an entirely vegetarian 7-course lunch or one which included fish and meat, but conveniently you could pick and chose per course. I mainly had the fish/meat menu but hand-picked the artichoke starter which was so fresh and tasty, a great choice. The pork belly main with scallop was a definite highlight, but all the dishes displayed a high level of sophistication and strong mastery of different techniques. Im a celiac and they were very good at accommodating this in the dishes, even giving me different petit fours. Top marks, we will be returning soon!
Tom_Egerton
Tom_Egerton
08/10/2020
The best value, high quality, enjoyable eating in London for sure! We ate at the Escoffier room which is the 7 course set menu option. A bargain at £31 a head which included super high quality produce cooked with skill by the third year students. Interesting, flavoursome dishes with a weekly changing set menu. This week was a sea food based menu which didn't disappoint. service staff are first year students which are learning the ropes in the hospitality world. Maximum effort and attention was given by everyone we met. well worth checking out if you want something a bit special and we will definitely be returning again soon!
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