Our fully-equipped training kitchen offers the ideal venue for learning the skills required for the hospitality industry in small, friendly and supportive groups. Tutors work individually with learners to ensure that they are supported every step of the way, given the help they need to progress from their first day in the kitchen until they move into work experience apprenticeships and paid employment.

Learners are given the chance to grow and develop at their own rate, overcoming any barriers such as confidence or social skills, and are also given the opportunity to brush up their functional skills in Maths, English and IT as part of their training.


Thinking of work in the hospitality and catering industry? Learning in a practical centre providing food service, you will gain a real and practical experience to develop your skills.

Whilst on this course, you will build individual units, which can include front of house skills and professional cooking skills. Our award-winning professional team will be on hand to help and support you throughout your journey.



I moved to Torbay to be nearer my family, but couldn’t find work so JCP referred me to Eat That Frog. I kept seeing people going into the training kitchen at The Pad and wondered what they were up to, as it looked like really good fun. I’ve always loved cooking and I knew hospitality would give me a better chance of a good  career.  

That decision changed my life dramatically – after a couple of months on the catering course, I got an interview for the River Cottage Chef Training course. Loads of people wanted a place, but I was lucky enough to be chosen – my mum was thrilled because she’s seen River Cottage on TV! 

For the past year, I’ve been training at a local restaurant and travelling to River Cottage’s Axminister Chef School. It’s been tough, but I’ve now got a qualification, a full-time secure job and the means to support my baby daughter. I plan to be Head Chef within 10 years, and that’s possible because of the chance I’ve been given by ETF and the hard work I’ve put into it


Examples of Learners' Work

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