Professional Cookery

Our Foundation in Professional Cookery (6 weeks) and Diploma in Professional Cookery (12 weeks) offer students a comprehensive understanding of cooking methods and techniques, as well as valuable qualifications in food hygiene.

Since our establishment in 1986, Edinburgh School of Food & Wine has created and nurtured strong relationship with industry professionals in the UK and around the world. We work closely with each student to create the right opportunity for the individual.

Edinburgh School of Food & Wine alumni have gone on to pursue a range of careers in the professional world. These have included professional chefs, private cooks, caterers and food writers.

Who are these courses suitable for?

  • Aspiring private chefs
  • Ski & yacht seasons
  • Career changers
  • School leavers
  • Gap years

Skills you will learn on the Foundation in Professional Cookery;

  • Elementary Health & Hygiene
  • Knife skills
  • Basic and enriched doughs
  • Pastry (short & sweet)
  • Soups, stocks & sauces
  • Preparing and cooking fish
  • Meat cookery
  • ‘Free from’ cooking
  • Set desserts
  • World cuisines
  • Breakfast dishes
  • Supplier & farm visits
  • Menu planning
  • Dish presentation
  • CV building workshop

Additional skills you will take from the Diploma in Professional Cookery

  • Advanced bread
  • Fresh pasta
  • Enriched doughs
  • Advanced pastry
  • Sauces & emulsions
  • Advanced fish preparation
  • Basic butchery
  • Modern technique
  • Frozen desserts
  • Guest chef demonstrations
  • Supplier & farm visits
  • Health & nutrition info
  • Work placement

Why choose us?

  • Expert tuition by experienced chefs
  • A modular structure to help you find the right course(s) to fit your experience and budget
  • Excellent career prospects

Certificates & Qualifications

Edinburgh School of Food & Wine is fully accredited by ICSA and is continuously assessed and reviewed to ensure that we are reaching the standards that they set.

Upon successful completion each student will receive:

  • Edinburgh School of Food & Wine Foundation in Professional Cookery / Diploma in Professional Cookery Certificate
  • REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Complete Portfolio of Work & Study


Training:  Full time | Monday to Friday
Hours: 30 hours a week
Time: 10.00 am – 4 pm
Duration: 6 weeks / 12 weeks

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