Professional Cookery: 4 days in college a week and one day in work experience
Course Code: 5M2088
Entry requirements: Leaving Cert or equivalent. Mature students welcome.
Places are limited to 16 participants per year.
Course Duration: 1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Course Co-ordinator: Ms. Jenny Fitzgerald
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This course allows learners to develop practical culinary skills and an understanding of nutrition, food science and food hygiene. The course includes active menu planning and menu service in our restaurant.

Students also have the opportunity to obtain a primary certificate accredited by the Environmental Health Officers Association (HACCP). In addition, students have the opportunity to complete Fire Safety Training, First Aid Training and Manual Handling Training.

As Kinsale is the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’ this course is well situated to obtain the best work experience placements. The Good Food Circle in Kinsale is committed to providing a rich source of varied work experience for the students of this programme.

The Course benefits from an on-site kitchen garden producing organic fruit and vegetables. The College also boasts a restaurant for the exclusive purpose of training students. During the year students have the chance to participate in the successful Kinsale Gourmet Festival; students enjoy guest speakers and demonstration, field trips to various businesses and participate in the Kinsale Food Market.

Graduates from this course can readily access the labour market or advance to further studies both nationally or internationally.


Modules info & codes:

Culinary Techniques: 5N0630
Meal Service: 5N0635
Pastry, Baking & Desserts:
Menu & Applied Nutrition: 5N2085
Food Science & Technology: 5N0730
Word Processing: 5N1358
Personal Effectiveness: 5N1390
Work Practice: 5N1433
International Cuisine: 5N0632

How to apply/Application deadline:

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2016 for all courses commencing in September 2016. Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June. To apply, simply download an application form and forward to the College.


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Career Opportunities


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

Further Studies Opportunities


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


Student Experiences


“I am currently studying Professional Cookery, FETAC Level 5, and really enjoying it. The college itself is fantastic and has a wonderful atmosphere. The course is brilliant and I am learning a lot. Both the practical and the theory are very interesting and varied. We have had many guest speakers with a range of various backgrounds in the food industry and all have been very enjoyable. For anyone with an interest in the food area I could not recommend the course more!”
Emma Santry.

“I completed Professional Cookery in Kinsale College in 2013 .I qualified for a scholarship sponsored by the Kinsale Good Food Circle, I am now studying Culinary Arts in C.I.T. through the Cork College Progression Scheme”
Ann Marie O’Brien.

Other Info


Students are required to complete 40 days work practice in a professional kitchen during the academic year. The Kinsale Good Food Circle are the generous sponsors of a scholarship to a Fetac Level 5 student who excels in all aspects of the course and who will continue their studies in Third level in the Culinary field.