UK to get first qualification in Chinese cooking

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Coventry-based PAM Education is set to deliver a Chinese food revolution with the UK’s first dedicated qualification in Chinese cooking.

The Coventry business has joined forces with leading Chinese establishments and Crawley College in Sussex to launch a Diploma in Chinese Culinary Arts – a one-year course for aspiring and existing chefs looking to learn the skills for top-notch Chinese cuisine.

PAM Education has devised the course – which is a mix of e-learning and practical assessments – to provide career opportunities in the catering industry as well as provide a solution for businesses to secure Chinese chefs without having to undertake a costly and time-consuming process in recruiting from the Far East.

A lack of chefs is a growing concern for the UK’s restaurants and hotel owners serving up Chinese food as third and fourth generation Chinese are opting for alternative careers outside of the catering sector.

The project has received the support of the Chinese Cuisine Association and the Tianjin Food Group, which hopes this course will help showcase Chinese food and provide the stimulus for new business opportunities.

PAM Education, worked with Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub.

PAM Director Russell Grocott said: “With a majority of the course work and lessons available online – restaurant owners can sign up employees for the programme safe in the knowledge that their staff can study in the workplace and will only be away for a handful of assessment days at Crawley.”

The course, which will result in a recognised Level 3 qualification, has been two years in the making and will follow the Lu Ban Workshop principles, which are highly-revered in China.

Students of the course, which is aimed at aspiring and current chefs, will cover the history and ingredients of Chinese food as well as how to produce its world-famous dishes from dim sum to a banquet.

The course commences on Monday 24 September 2018 and registration is open now – with limited places available.