Catering & Hospitality

Available at the following campuses:

What Our Students Say

“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”

Eve

I think I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve had to make new friendships, especially because I didn’t know anyone coming in – but after the first few weeks I think I’ve adapted to it really well.

Dan

“I decided to study at Leeds City College because I liked the equipment and the rooms that they had, and I liked how it was a whole new space – it had only recently been built so everything was brand spanking new and it looked really clean and really nice.”

Rachel

Did you know!

  • The patisserie team recently trained with the World Pastry Champion, Massimo Pica!
  • Printworks Kitchen and Bar won 2 Oliver Awards - Best Cafe and Outstanding Contribution!
  • Students completed a 3 week work placement in Greece this summer
  • Our butchery is one of the largest in the region

About Catering & Hospitality

Whether you dream of concocting culinary delights or creating the perfect experience for guests, our catering and hospitality courses could make your dreams a reality.

Courses are taught in first-class facilities at our Printworks Campus. You will learn your craft in world-class kitchens, perfect your pastry in our fully equipped patisserie room and hone your hospitality skills in our flourishing commercial restaurant.

With courses from culinary skills to patisserie and apprenticeships in butchery and bakery, we have the right ingredients to help you move into a career in the food industry.

If hospitality is more your style, we have plenty of courses to cater for you, with City & Guilds qualifications and Level 1 courses in hospitality.

No matter your chosen path, each of our courses combines practical, hands-on learning with the theoretical knowledge employers are looking for. So whether it’s confectionery, cookery, hospitality, or patisserie, you can be sure you’re getting the experience and developing the skills needed to succeed in your chosen area.

Staff Profiles

Donna Feeny

Head of Travel, Food & Drink School

Born competitor, high heels hoarder, rock and roll dancer.

Donna leads a team dedicated to providing a world-class learning experience for students. Her department’s students have access to incredible facilities including cutting-edge kitchens and an air cabin simulator. Additionally, impressive industry links with The Ivy, Jet2.com, Leeds Bradford Airport, Malmaison, Hilton Hotel, Swissport, and more, allow students to enjoy work experience, master classes, and employment opportunities.

“I love working for Leeds City College, the School of Travel, Food & Drink provides a diverse curriculum that includes travel and tourism, aviation operations, food and beverage service, and professional cookery. We also offer industry-standard training within apprenticeships. Our students have worked hard to launch ‘Student Spotlight’ which is a pop-up restaurant hosted at Printworks. We are extremely proud of what our students achieve and can offer.”

Helen Lunt

Deputy Head of Travel, Food & Drink – responsible for apprenticeships and commercial income

I have a real passion for developing the workforce of the future and believe apprenticeships are invaluable.

I’ve been part of the hospitality industry for over 25 years – starting as a hotel commis chef, then working my way round every department as a manager, my favourite being conference and banqueting.

Training has always been important to me, right from the start of my career. I was an area trainer for Pizza Hut before getting into adult education and studying my teaching degree. Never in a million years did I think I’d become a teacher when I started off as a commis!

Fabrice Teston

Programme Manager

Chocolate maker, croissant lover, macaron artist.

I have extensive experience in food and drink – I studied a patisserie degree, worked as a pastry chef in France’s Loire Valley, took on roles in a patisserie bakery and conference centre, and even joined a Michelin-star restaurant. After working as Head Pastry Chef in a Leeds restaurant for 10 years, I moved into education in 2008. I’m now a programme manager within the Food and Drink department.

I look after all aspects of catering from chefs to bakers. Myself, a colleague, and one of our students even participated and reached the quarter-final of Bake Off: Crème de la Crème in 2017! I have a passion for all food-related subjects, as well as teaching, and I’m keen to transfer my skills to our students to ensure they’re work-ready by the end of their course.

Safeguarding

We are committed to making sure all students and staff are protected from harm. All staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection, and our dedicated Safeguarding team is on hand for advice and support. Don’t stay silent, we are here for you.
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Pathways

Employment Statistics

Average salaries of the careers in this subject area are:

  • Catering and bar managers

    Average Salary
    £24,440
  • Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors

    Average Salary
    £27,040
  • Conference and exhibition managers and organisers

    Average Salary
    £30,680