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Professional Cookery

This course allows learners to develop practical culinary skills with an understanding of nutrition, food science and food hygiene. The course includes active menu planning and food service in our restaurant. Students also have the opportunity to obtain a primary certificate in food hygiene accredited by the Environmental Health Officers Association (E.H.O.A).

Course Hours:4 days in college a week and one day in work experience
Course Code:5M2088
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will
be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met
the minimum entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Ms. Jenny Fitzgerald
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Theresa McCarthy Professional Cookery Teacher Kinsale Campus

Professional Cookery Course Coordinator - Jenny Fitzgerald

Career Opportunities


Our Career Network

Students can go on to enjoy careers in the hotel and catering industry, in restaurants, cafés and hotel kitchens.


Further Studies


• Culinary Arts, CR640, Cork Institute of Technology
• Culinary Studies CR655, Cork Institute of Technology
• Culinary Arts, TL719, IT Tralee o Culinary Arts, GA372, GMIT.
• Shannon College of Hotel Management 


Work Placement/Experience

Work experience and scholarships

Participants will be required to undertake 30 days of work placement in a suitable environment. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Other Information
The Kinsale Good Food Circle are the generous sponsors of a scholarship to a QQI Level 5 student who excels in all aspects of the course and who will continue their studies in Third level in the Culinary field.

See all our QQI Level 5 Courses

Student Experiences

“I found studying in Kinsale College of Further Education very beneficial, the tutors were very helpful in delivering the course content and using examples in an easy to understand manor. It helped greatly getting used to having deadlines in assignments, working as part of a team, learning about international cuisine, HACCP, individual presentations, knife skills, and working on a budget in the kitchen before progressing onto cit. The work experience in the industry was really great as it gave a great opportunity to see how different kitchens operate. I am currently studying culinary studies in Cork Institute of Technology. Overall I really thought studying in Kinsale College was really great. I would totally recommend it to people to do before going onto CIT as it is a great course and it really gives an insight on what's to come if you want to progress on. ”
Sonia O’Keeffe Graduated May 2016
“It would be an understatement to say that I absolutely love my time here at Kinsale College. I came home early from my travels to start the professional cookery course that my mother and brother graduated from last year. They had ranted and raved about how much they had learned and they couldn’t have praised it enough! After attending the course I couldn’t agree more, the teachers are so helpful and I’ve gained wisdom that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in cooking and baking. If only I had done this course before my travels I wouldn’t had to lived off bacon and eggs for the last two years!”
Holly Bartley Current Student