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Hospitality & Catering


Do you desire to become a Michelin starred chef? Would you like to start your own catering business? Do you admire the skills and passion for food from talented chefs such as Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey? Do you like working as part of a team and thrive on working in a busy environment?


Harriet Frampton now works as an Assistant Manager at a large restaurant chain having achieved L2 and L3

If so, then consider a career in hospitality and catering. It’s the kind of environment where you will have to think on your feet and make quick decisions daily.


There will never be a shortage of excellent employment opportunities. After all, everyone needs to eat and drink and every catering outlet needs qualified staff. Career opportunities exist in kitchens, bars, restaurants, hotels and on cruise liners, both in the UK and overseas. Head chefs can earn up to £30k.


City College can help you get started in this very lively industry or prepare you for further study at university.


Example careers

Chef, Waiter, Kitchen Assistant, Restaurant Manager, Bar Manager, Hotel Manager, Mobile or Contract Catering Manager, Banqueting and Events Manager.


Specialist facilities

You will train in the college’s dedicated training kitchens and Restaurant Aspire, and will work in regular service during your time at college when Restaurant Aspire opens to the public for lunches and dinner during term time. You will also get to participate in our annual industry week and work closely with local businesses.




Celebrity chef is former City College catering student


Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth is a former City College student and has gone on to achieve great success, using the skills he honed while studying catering and hospitality at the college. 


After leaving college, Paul followed the bright lights to London where he spent two years with Gary Rhodes at Rhodes in the Square and then three years with Gordon Ramsay working at Royal Hospital Road. 


In 2003, Paul moved to the original Petrus site to work for Marcus Wareing for three years before finishing his time in London at the Berkeley Hotel with Marcus.


A pivotal moment in Paul's career occurred upon meeting Derek Mapp, with whose backing Paul and friends opened the popular restaurant in Padstow, Number 6, developing an ambitious menu. When Paul took sole occupancy in 2009, Derek played an influential role outside the kitchen as Paul's business partner, friend and mentor.


In 2010, Paul and Derek bought a long-established Italian restaurant in the heart of Padstow. After a complete refurbishment and a new name - Rojano's in the Square - the restaurant is going from strength to strength whilst still maintaining the ethos that has built a loyal following.


In 2011, Paul appeared on the BBC2 TV series Great British Menu. Competing against some of the nation's top chefs, Paul won the regional heats to represent the South West.


You can also read about his time at City College on his website here.



Former student celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth invites students to his restaurant, watch the video here