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Catering and Hospitality

Catering and Hospitality

Welcome to Catering and Hospitality

Chefs, bakers and front-of-house staff perfecting the basics, getting creative with new ideas and creating amazing customer experiences are just some of the reasons we love this industry so much.

There are opportunities to work in pubs, restaurants, hotels, as independent street food vendors and to travel the world.

You’ll learn classic techniques, be given the confidence to find your own style and develop an incredible understanding of the industry from staff, former students and employer partners through masterclasses, placements and more.

Our students are also a crucial part of our AA Rosette Highly Commended and People 1st Gold rated restaurant, The Silver Plate, serving exquisite food and providing top-class service to the public.

Catering and Hospitality

“I have gained so much from my time at The Sheffield College - I am indebted to my tutors for all the knowledge, time and expertise that they passed on to me. Their passion, drive, creativity and care are inspiring. I still use their recipes today because they are so good.”

Daniel Ashmore, Head Chef at Gleneagles, Edinburgh, and former Catering and Hospitality student

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your catering or hospitality career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our MSK Ingredients Employer Skills Academies or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

What kind of work will I do on my course?

Whether it's preparing fantastic dishes in our industry-standard kitchens or serving the general public in The Silver Plate restaurant, as a student at The Sheffield College, you will be given plenty of opportunities to put your newly learned skills into practice.

Our full-time study programmes will allow you to build on your technical and theoretical knowledge, but most importantly you will learn how to put your practical skills into action. That could be doing prep in one of our professional-standard kitchens, working in The Silver Plate, cooking or serving at the PJ Taste Catering outlet, or preparing canapés for events. 

Trips, Visits and Competitions

As you would expect, our catering and hospitailty courses are full of practical learning elements based in our industry-standard kitchens and restaurant. However, it is also important that you further develop your skills by learning from industry professionals. That's why all of our catering and hospitality courses include opportunities to visit professional kitchens, engage in work experience and undertake masterclasses.

Join the MSK Professional Cookery Academy

Our Employer Skills Academies are a unique opportunity for ambitious students to engage with local employers and apply their academic knowledge to real-life business scenarios. 

The MSK Professional Cookery Academy allows students to engage directly with a leading supplier for the country's catering & hospitality industry, all whilst benefitting from their industry expertise. By joining the Academy, you'll be able to make the most of:

  • Learning in a dedicated MSK branded classroom with top-class facilities and equipment
  • Taking part in seminars and workshops with MSK employees
  • Opportunities to visit MSK facilities to see how they operate first-hand
  • Work placement opportunities that will enhance your knowledge and understanding of business, not to mention look great on your CV
  • Getting advice and guidance on how to reach your career goals from people who have set up and run successful businesses

University level courses...

FdSc in Bakery and Patisserie Technology

The FdSc in Bakery and Patisserie Technology is a specifically designed pathway for a career in plant bakeries, retail bakeries and small craft or artisan bakeries. The programme provides opportunities for you to gain valuable insights into and experience in the industry with masterclasses by professionals, guest speakers, visits and placements in real-life working scenarios. This all ensures you graduate with practical skills and technical knowledge which are highly sought-after within bakery, confectionery and other food industries, giving you everything you need to succeed in the industry.


The shining star of our catering and hospitality offer is our onsite restaurant, The Silver Plate. Serving lunch and dinner to the public throughout term-time, The Silver Plate is the ideal setting to hone your professional skills. Combine this with our three other pro-kitchens, a specialist baking and patisserie kitchen and hot-food outlet and you've got the perfect environment to go further, no matter whether your aspirations are in cooking, baking, or serving.


What can I do once I finish my studies?

At The Sheffield College, we know that one of the most appealing things to employers is candidates with experience, that's why we give our students as much hands-on experience as possible during their study programme or Apprenticeship. 

The catering and hospitality sector encompasses a huge variety of job roles, from chef de partie to catering managers and front of house supervisors. Plus, with Sheffield being a hot-spot for independent restaurants and eateries, there are loads of opportunities for you to take advantage of once you finish your study programme.

Take a look at the Catering and Hospitality career map to explore your options.

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. 

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