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Commis Chef Course

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This very intensive one-year, part-time course is designed to equip students with the fundamental classic cooking methods and techniques needed for a career as a chef, as well as a comprehensive understanding of food purchasing, costing and storage.

This course is specifically designed for people who do not have the time to study full-time or are already in industry and want a qualification.

The course consists of the best, hands-on instruction at the school as well as industry days in some of the Capes top restaurants.  Students will master all the basic cooking methods and techniques of the hot kitchen and the pastry kitchen.

Classes are held on Mondays from 7am to 5pm over 2 semesters, with the occasional class on other days during the semesters.

Silwood graduates are sought after, as they not only have practical culinary skills, but also have a respect and good understanding of the cost of food. This is achieved by making the students responsible for the purchasing and costing of all the ingredients needed for practical classes, whilst staying within the given budget. These skills are fundamental in the running of a successful kitchen or food business and are best taught by doing, rather than textbook reading.

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students cooking in kitchen at silwood school of cookery
students cooking in kitchen at silwood school of cookery

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