Hospitality & Catering

Maybe you’re already a whizz in the kitchen, and the thought of exploring fine dining and gourmet food has your mouth watering? Or perhaps you just love nothing more than organising and overseeing big events for lots of people? Whatever your passion, there’s a course for you in hospitality and catering.

If you’re ready for a change and a challenge, come and join us in our state-of-the-art training kitchens, working in real environments and delivering food for paying customers. Discover the skills, abilities and attitude required for success in this industry and look forward to a promising career in the future.

  • With three full service, award winning training restaurants at the college, you’ll benefit from realistic, professional facilities and fully stocked kitchens with all the latest equipment. Our Fielden Campus, for example, has two modern kitchens, each with six workstations and a specialist blast chiller, and a demonstration kitchen for judging that’s regularly used for professional culinary events. You’ll also find specialised cleaning areas for those focusing on the service side of hospitality.

  • As well our fantastic on-site facilities and visits from top celebrity chefs like James Martin and Simon Rimmer, you could also find yourself on local and national visits to top industry locations, including some of the most famous kitchens in the region.  You might win a chef and hotelier award in national competitions like some of our previous students, and you’ll also benefit from exceptional high standards of teaching on our professional cookery diploma.

  • We offer certificates and diplomas from introductory stages to those with a specialist level, each one designed to help you stand out in this growing industry and achieve a successful career as a restaurant manager, chef, kitchen worker, baker or nutritionist – whatever takes your fancy!

  • Hospitality and catering is taught at three of our campuses: Openshaw, where you’ll find Bistro East; Fielden; and Wythenshawe, including our 3rd Floor Restaurant.

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Available Courses

Professional Cookery

Level 3

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Food and Beverage Service Supervision

Level 3

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Art to Vegan Baking


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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.

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Top Careers Opportunities

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Restaurant manager

Average salary: £22k

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Baker / flour confectioner

Average salary: £17k

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Average salary: £17k

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Conference / exhibition manager

Average salary: £24k

All of the tutors are helpful and make me feel comfortable. The course has helped me interact with people. I like working in different environments and plan to complete a level 3 course then go into employment.

Lewis Maxall • Culinary skills Level 2 and Professional Food and Beverage Service Level 2

The learners we have are very committed and passionate about the industry, also ask lots of questions and have a hunger for learning … Having The Manchester College within our business is a pleasure and key to the development of the next generation of Chefs.

Stuart Duff • Executive Head Chef, Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel

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