Allan Drummond, lecturer in Culinary Arts

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Chef Career Advice

Based on his extensive experience working within Culinary Arts, Chef lecturer, Allan Drummond, offers his advice to aspiring Chefs in an attempt to help them on their journey up the career ladder:

Allan Drummond, Chef lecturer at Westminster College, I work on the NVQ level 2, Level 3 programme.

The advice I would give is that think about where you're going what it is you want to do it's not all about Michelin star restaurants you really need to think about where you want to be going.

What can a young Chef expect from our industry today?

Again it can be very rewarding it depends on where you're working, it can be very rewarding it can be long, hard hours from it. Genuinely I think it depends on how far they want to go, what they put into it is what they’re going to reap from it I think.

What am I looking for when a young Chef goes on our courses? Passion and dedication not so much having any knowledge of it but having a passion for wanting to do it that's the real important thing because it's a long three years here doing that course so they need to have a passion. 

What does the industry expect from a candidate that's been with us for 3 years?

The knowledge that they know the basics, they really have to know the basics. I think that's really what there looking for because they haven't got the time to cover that anymore so if the college has covered it and I think they know that there from Westminster college then they’re really happy with that.

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Editor 18th August 2016

Allan Drummond, lecturer in Culinary Arts