16-18 Year Olds


Great British Menu Winning Chef, Adam Reid is the Chef-Patron at the White’s Chef Academy at Macclesfield College. This is a feeder programme into the exclusive Whites Chef Academy for aspiring young chefs and catering professionals to learn the basics to cooking and hospitality skills. Mentored by Daniel Akrigg, an award-winning chef with a Michelin background, trained under prestigious chefs including Simon Rogan and Michael Deane. Also mentored by John Parrott who trained at The Savoy Hotel London and worked at Michelin starred Thornbury Castle restaurant, under Kenneth Bell MBE. You will study on a full-time programme, combining practical work with related theory in food preparation and cooking. On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to be invited into the Whites Chef Academy.

High quality employers have already been sourced to provide eventual apprenticeships. You will be matched to your eventual employer during your full-time programme and will work with them throughout.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the programme you will need 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English or Maths at grade 4 or higher.

You will also need to demonstrate a considerable talent and passion for cooking.

On receipt of your initial application, you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the team to discuss the course and demonstrate your suitability for the programme.


During the programme you will study both compulsory and optional units including:

• Maintaining a safe working environment
• Working effectively as part of a hospitality team
• Maintaining food safety
• Maintaining, handling and cleaning knives
• Preparation of meat and poultry
• Soups, stocks and sauces
• Vegetables
• Hot and cold deserts


You will be assessed both theoretically and practically within the Whites Chef Academy. You will build a portfolio of evidence and complete practical skills assessments; each unit will have an element of written underpinning knowledge questions which will be electronically completed as the programme progresses. End of unit short answer assessments are used as a summative assessment.

English and Maths qualifications are assessed through external examination.

Awarding body

City & Guilds


You can exit this course after one year and achieve a Level 2 Diploma or continue into the second year and progress onto an apprenticeship in your chosen field.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kitchen uniform and you will be advised of this and the cost at your admissions interview.

A kitchen uniform will be supplied for the duration of the course.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 05/09/2022

End date: 23/06/2023

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: To Be Discussed at Interview

Number of Weeks: 35

Weekly hours: 21.00

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