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Cookery & Hospitality

With fantastic training resources on-site, and partnerships with some of the country’s biggest names in food and hospitality, our Professional Cookery & Hospitality courses will nurture your talent and practical techniques to a professional standard.

Learn in professional Surroundings

Our two campus restaurants, Senara and Spires, are well regarded, with Senara receiving a certificate of excellence on Trip Advisor and an AA rating.

These will be your training grounds while studying a Professional Cookery & Hospitality course with us. You’ll gain occupational knowledge in a dynamic working environment, preparing you for a professional position.

Truro and Penwith College enjoys partnerships with both well-known chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth and many of our students have taken advantage of the opportunities offered as part of their courses to beginning careers working at the very top of the professional catering and hospitality sector.

Click above to watch our film about studying Professional Cookery & Hospitality at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available.

Lottie Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery student in chef outfit.
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I have made so many connections. The whole experience has been amazing. I have work experience lined up in two michelin-starred restaurants. The lecturers have been so supportive and I couldn’t have done this without them.

Lottie - Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

practical learning

As either an Apprentice or a diploma student, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in our realistic, simulated working environments, where you can perfect your skills in a supportive, practical space. Our tutors have a wealth of professional experience to draw from, teaching you the latest techniques with the latest equipment.


To prepare you for employment, we’ll also work on your broader employability skills, such as communication, organisation and teamwork, including an optional Functional Skills course.


Working with companies across Cornwall, we offer a variety of Apprenticeship opportunities. Get educated, qualified and paid at the same time by working in fields such as carpentry, bricklaying and general repair and maintenance.

Select a pathway


To apply for a professional cookery and hospitality course at Truro and Penwith College, visit the course page on our official college website and complete your application online.

Entry requirements for professional cookery and hospitality programs vary. Check the specific course details on the college website or prospectus or contact the admissions office for the most accurate and up-to-date information on entry requirements.

Yes, while at College, you will have a vast array of different employer engagements and work placements with industry experts. You will learn from a wide variety of visiting speakers and demonstrators including Michelin starred chefs and masters in food and beverage. The Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth Academies broaden student’s knowledge and skills both in college and through extracurricular activities.

You will discover and develop new talents in our AA Rosette awarded professional restaurants, Spires and Senara. Both campuses have achieved Centre of Excellence status for Fish and Shellfish, Patisserie and Confectionery and Food and Beverage.

We strongly recommend making an application for your chosen course as soon as you can when you are in your final year of school. After you have submitted your application, you will be invited to attend an interview where you can make amendments to your application if need be.

Yes, prospective students can speak to the professional cookery and hospitality department at an open event which are free to attend and take place throughout the year. Visit to see the latest event details. Alternatively, you can contact the academic advisors in the media and photography department at Truro and Penwith College. Check the college website for contact details or reach out to the admissions office, and they will guide you on how to connect with the relevant academic advisors for more information.

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