Apprenticeship Programme

The Worshipful Company of Cooks supports its own apprenticeship programme at Westminster Kingsway College.

The programme sponsors one cohort of apprentices at NVQ Level 2 and one cohort at NVQ Level 3 each year.
Each cohort usually consists of up to 16 apprentices.

The sponsorship aims to enrich and enhance an apprentice’s learning experience including: practical and financial support; visits to national wholesale markets; specialist cooking tuition ranging from the rigours of military cooking to culinary master-classes; catering competitions; professional mentoring; additional cooking equipment; and, institutions associated with the City of London.

Upon successful completion of both Levels 2 and 3 within the Worshipful Company of Cooks Apprenticeship Programme, apprentices may be invited to join the Cooks Company.

Each year the Company presents awards to those apprentices who successfully complete both Levels 2 & 3, including the Fooks Trophy for the best graduate apprentice.

In 2016, the Fooks Trophy was won by Demetris Sakallis from The Ivy.

DS Fooks Trophy Oct 16

For further detailed information, please contact:

Sharon Barry
Apprenticeships Programme Manager
Faculty for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Westminster Kingsway College
76 Victoria Centre
Vincent Square
020 7802 8994


Good employers are vital in ensuring successful apprentices.

The Cooks Apprenticeship Programme engages with many employers as well as those establishments linked to the Cooks Company, the Livery movement generally, or the City of London.

To date, employers have included:

Buckingham Palace
Merchant Taylors
The Cook & The Butler
The Union Jack Club
Le Gavroche
The Ivy
The Dorchester
The Goring
Taj Hotels
Morgan’s Hotel
St James Hotel & Club
City of London Club
RAF Club
The Lansdowne Club
Mercedes World
Chamberlain’s Restaurant of London
Brew Restaurant
Cumberland Lodge
The Grazing Corporation
The Saltyard Group
St Pancras Renaissance
Cinnamon Kitchen
Suzanne James Catering