Our Diploma follow strict BAC and SQA guideline that both trains and qualifies (thought international recognised Qualifications) our student to purse a future in the culinary world. Once students embark on the diploma, they open a door to a wealth culinary knowledge, techniques and skills in a relaxed but very structured atmosphere in a variety of environments and venues. The course is split in to 4 ‘knowledge areas’ with regular assessments, testing, and tutorial feedback.

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The ‘Food & Culinary Skills’ section of the course makes up 60% of the overall content of the diploma and mainly takes place in the coach house kitchens and classrooms but include hands on real life experience in real kitchens including Bute House. The section is assessed with ongoing assessments, the ‘Diploma Lunch’, a full SQA approved exam and a culinary skills portfolio. During this part of the course students learn a plethora of skills and knowledge including:

  • Primary methods of cooking: baking, boiling, steaming, roasting and pan frying
  • Meat, poultry, game, fish, vegetables and sauces
  • Breakfasts
  • Canapés, starters, soups and desserts
  • Creative vegetarian cuisine
  • Bread making
  • Ice creams and sorbets
  • Herbs and spices
  • Jams and chutneys
  • Lodge cooking (Cooking for large & small groups)
  • Game & seafood cookery
  • Petit fours & chocolate workshop
  • Cooking for special diets & food allergies
  • Specialised pastries & enriched doughs
  • Pasta making
  • Smoking, curing & other preservation techniques
  • Event catering practice
  • REHIS Food Handlers Certificate
  • Flower arranging
  • Table service: food, wine, table presentation, silver service, social and ‘front of house’ skills
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‘Wine Skills’ takes up 10% of the course and is fully approved by the Wine & Spirits Trust at level 1 & 2. To complete the wine skills segment of the course students are required to sit a WSET certificate assessment at above 80% (REQUIRED UPDATING). Students are taught many useful skills including:

  • Techniques on how to taste wine
  • Laws governing the services and responsibility of alcoholic drinks
  • Characteristics of Wines from around the world
  • Proper storage and service of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Interpreting alcoholic beverage labels correctly
  • The nature of wine (production and market statistics, viticulture, vinification)
  • Wine appreciation
  • Choosing wine to complement your food or menu
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‘Food Communication’ is a section of the course that allows students to understand and embrace food reviews and how best to combat negative feedback. This segment of the course takes up 10% of the Course and is over seen by a great friend of the School Jonathon Trew, a freelance food Writer and Critic, who has seen his far share of the good and the bad when it comes to the culinary world. Under his tutorage, student are Introduced to:

  • Journalism Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Food Critic Feedback Skills
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‘Business Skills’ is a unique part of the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine Diploma, we feel that student not only require the skills and food knowledge to make it the Culinary World but also the business skills to back them up. This five day segment of the course is taught at the Craiglockhart campus of Edinburgh Napier University and during the course time student have access to all of the Edinburgh Napier University facilities and resources. The business course is split in to two part.

  • Part 1 ‘Creativity & Innovation’ last 1 day and allow students to explore their own creativity and work on developing their own potential business ideas. Assessment for this section is by Poster Presentation.
  • Part 2 ‘Developing the Concept’ last 3 days and allows students to take their ideas further, learning about the practical aspects – marketing, finance, resources – of putting their ideas into practice. The initial 3 days are followed up with the opportunity to have 1-to-1 clinics to assist students to prepare for their assessment which involves the submission of a business plan and a presentation.

During the ‘Business Skills’ section of the course students will learn skills in:

  • Business Planning
  • Presentation
  • Basic Bookkeeping
  • Advertising & Promoting
  • Business and Economics Treading
  • Marketing
  • Starting your own business
  • Tax, VAT and NI
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