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NI Chef Bootcamp

The NI Chef Bootcamp offers a unique opportunity to gain industry relevant qualifications, practical food preparation skills and a step towards a career as a chef.

This exciting and fully funded 4-week programme provides participants with the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in food preparation and basic cookery, alongside achieving industry relevant qualifications in Food Safety and Food Allergen Awareness.

With masterclasses from local chefs and opportunities to get first-hand insight into how a commercial kitchen operates, the NI Chef Bootcamp provides a starting point for those interested in a career as a chef. The programme will conclude with a celebratory event for those completing the programme, will provide a unique opportunity to showcase their talents to employers.

Scroll down for more information on the programme.

Become a Chef

The Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Northern Ireland is growing and gaining internal recognition for top quality talent. The industry demand for chefs ever increasing, here are just a few reasons to consider a career as a chef:

  • Flexibility in Working Hours
  • Diverse Career Progression Opportunities
  • Opportunity to use creative flair
  • Work in a growing and vibrant industry
  • Great employers committed to supporting professional development

Programme Information

The NI Chef Bootcamp has been designed to support participants to develop valuable kitchen skills, achieve industry relevant qualifications and gain a vital understanding of how a commercial kitchen operates, all with a view to providing a pathway for participants to move into an entry level chef role working in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

The programme will be delivered by all six Further Education Colleges across Northern Ireland and will focus on three core elements:



We will teach you the basic skills required to work in a kitchen, including:

  • Knife Cutting Techniques
  • Practical Food Preparation
  • Identifying Cuts of Meat
  • Commercial Kitchen Processes


You will complete two qualifications:

  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering
  • Level 2 Award in Food Allergen Awareness and Control in Catering

Industry Insight

Working with industry partners, we will show you how a commercial kitchen operates and give you an insight into different work settings. At the end of the programme, you will have an opportunity to showcase your new skills to a range of employers.

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Register to Join

We are looking for motivated and passionate participants who are interested in a career as a chef. Participants must be over 18 years old and eligible to work in Northern Ireland.  

Taster Sessions will be held prior to the start of each NI Chef Bootcamp to give you more detail of the programme, hear first-hand from local employers and give you the opportunity to decide if this is the right career for you.

To apply or register your interest, please click on your local college below:


Belfast Met Logo
Location: e3 Campus Springfield Road Belfast
Fully Subscribed
(Bangor) - Monday 24th January - Friday 18th February.
(Downpatrick) - Monday 21st February - Friday 18th March

SERC - Register Interest
Monday 24th January - Friday 18th February

SRC - Register Interest
Monday 14th February - Friday 11th March

NWRC - Register Interest
Monday 14th February - Friday 11th March

NRC - Register Interest
Monday 24th January – 31st January & Monday 21st February – 28th February
SWC - Register Interest