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

EDP Norfolk - - Education -

“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

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