Cook up a great career
The booming food and drink industry is worth billions to the British economy and offers great opportunities, says CLARE BURGESS of City College Norwich
“Working in the hospitality industry is an incredibly exciting and varied career choice”
WHEN LEAVING school, many young people look for opportunities that will give them a high standard of education, good future employment and progression prospects and allow them to experience life away from home. However most people are not aware that all of these opportunities are available to those who study hospitality and catering.
Chef lecturer Bob Oberhoffer has proved how successful you can become with a hospitality and catering qualification. With a career spanning over 30 years, Bob has worked his way up from an apprentice chef in the British Army to restaurant owner, product development consultant and international food judge.
His high-flying career has allowed him to travel the world and has seen him provide catering for the Queen and work with former MasterChef judge, Michel Roux Jr, at his famous Le Gavroche restaurant. He now uses his love of training and developing people to teach his skills to the next generation of chefs alongside his freelance work which sees him in constant demand.
Bob explains why studying hospitality and catering is a valuable investment for the future and explains how City College Norwich’s renowned Hotel School can help young people start a successful career. “The hospitality and catering industry is full of opportunities for those with excellent people skills and the right attitude. Becoming successful in the sector requires lots of determination and self-discipline as well as a strong work ethic. However the skills that are learned along the way can be applied to any job and will see those who are willing to work hard quickly progress to senior management roles.
“The key industry processes, such as food preparation and service, are extremely time-critical and require precise planning and effective resource management which are skills that are valued in a wide variety of different positions across all sectors. Our courses are very hands-on and are delivered by our industry professionals who teach the fundamentals of providing an exemplary service to a wide range of customers as well as key culinary skills.
“The college’s Hotel School also has exceptional employer links which sees students obtain work experience opportunities and employment at highly reputable establishments all over the world.
“Working in the hospitality industry is an incredibly exciting and varied career choice which will allow any young person to broaden their horizons and refine their management skills. They will also learn key transferable skills that will give them a solid foundation to gain highly skilled and sustainable future employment in any sector they choose.”
Above: Bob Oberhoffer
Below:Students working in the Debut restaurant