Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts - Professional Chef Programme - Aiden Coughlan
I did a Level 6 in Culinary Arts starting in 2018. It was a great course.
I chose GMIT because it has a great reputation for teaching people that end up becoming successful chefs, and it has a very good reputation throughout Europe.
The course consisted of two years in college with a 3- month placement in the summer, in between Year 1 & 2. I did my work placement in Belfast.
I would say the course opened up doors for me - like having the invaluable experience working in the Titanic Hotel in Belfast.
The college also helps set up business links by meeting loads of fantastic employers at the Hotel's Schools Careers fair each year.
The assistance the college itself gave me was brilliant, from the LINKS office to just individual lecturers, who are always there to ask for advice and help.
Throughout the first year and into the summer, I found my confidence building because I was doing something that brought me out of my comfort zone, and it helped me grow as a person.
I would recommend Galway International Hotel School to anyone thinking about doing any culinary course, simply because it is the best around and they take the time to help you.
As well as teaching you the basics, they also show you the more difficult and intricate areas of chef work.
They also give you advice to help prepare you for industry if you have never been there before, and you learn a lot about different food cultures.
I have decided to progress and do the 3rd year in Culinary and Gastronomic science, which I am looking forward to doing.