Master Chef Experience

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This course is an excellent opportunity for you to prepare for a career as a chef, or to simply learn and gain invaluable cooking skills.

This course really is for everyone – school leavers; chefs at all levels; hospitality staff, community groups.

On this ‘hands on’ course you will prepare, cook and serve a range of savoury and sweet dishes in our training kitchen.

All ingredients are included and you will have the opportunity to take your creations home to share with friends and family.

This course is delivered by our highly qualified, award-winning Chef, Tony Budde.

On successful completion of this course, delegates will gain an SQA NQ Professional Cookery @ SCQF L5 qualification.

Course code



Dumfries and Stranraer Campus



Course Content

On completion of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and have a better understanding of a wide range of food preparation techniques, a wide range of cookery processes and range of dishes to a commercially acceptable standard.
  • Demonstrate safe knife skills
  • Use a wide range of ingredients and understand ingredient function, for example: producing dishes for specific dietary requirements
  • Demonstrate portion control and cooking on a budget, as well as waste control.
  • Demonstrate safe and hygienic practices
  • Demonstrate understanding of timing and temperature control, as well as energy usage.
  • Understand importance of seasoning

Some of the dishes that you will learn to prepare, cook and serve:

  • Homemade bread rolls & minestrone soup
  • Spiced Carrot and red lentil Soup with tiny parmesan short bread
  • Poached salmon with dill fennel salad and aioli
  • Ravioli – spinach and ricotta
  • Tagliatelle Carbonara with pancetta-beetroot salad
  • Roast tarragon chicken with Caesar salad
  • Chicken Calti and home made naan bread
  • Spicy chicken tagliatelle with coconut milk
  • Crispy duck legs and watercress
  • Lamb hot pot
  • Seared rump with red onion and Roquefort cheese salad
  • Vintners butter pop-eye steak with peppers and mustard
  • Homemade yorkshire puddings
  • Homemade Chips
  • Sweet and sour pork
  • Steamed mussels
  • Pear, chorizo and scallop salad
  • Pan fried seabass with smoked garlic, coriander and ginger
  • Thai prawns with noodles
  • Deep fried haddock wrap
  • Sourdough red onion and sage rolls
  • Pitta bread
  • Marinated aubergine with tahini sauce
  • Vegetarian laksa
  • Panna cotta with yoghurt and buttermilk
  • Lemon posset
  • Orange and pistachio cake
  • Strawberry and sweet cicely syrup and yoghurt
  • and much more, including demonstrations.


Candidates will be assessed throughout and will be required to upload required work to our learning portal.

On the last night – ‘show stopper night’, candidates will be required to produce a 2 course meal which will be judged and assessed by guest judges and Chef Tony. You will also have the opportunity to bring a long friends and family to try your creations (max 2 persons).

Additional funding information

No One Left Behind Training Allowance
Dumfries and Galloway Local Employability partnership (Funded by the Scottish Government) are proud to be working in partnership with DG College to offer eligible individuals funding to learn new, work-related skills and training.

You can use the money to build the skills you need for a job or get some training to take your career to the next level.

And because it’s not a loan, you don’t have to pay it back.

Check if you are eligible then follow the registration process.

Are you eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Resident in Dumfries and Galloway
  • Have the right to work and live in the UK.
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work OR in employment and claiming an income-based benefit (i.e Universal Credit)

AND at least one of the following characteristics: (hyperlink to the definitions)

  • Parents with a child under the age of 19 (still registered in full time education)
  • Armed Forces Veteran
  • Asylum Seeker
  • Care Experienced
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Childcare needs
  • Criminal Convictions
  • Homeless or affected by housing inclusion.
  • Long Term health condition/ illness
  • No Limited work experience.
  • Refugee
  • Substance related conditions
  • Lack of Transport

If you meet the criteria, you could receive the full cost of your course fee.

Apply for your No One Left Behind Grant

To access support with the fees you must register with DG Works. Just follow the link or use the QR code. If you are already registered, please contact your Employment Key Worker for next steps.

Once you have completed the registration form and your eligibility has been checked someone from DG Works (part of Dumfries and Galloway Council) will contact you to ask you to provide the following evidence:

  • Reside in Scotland (e.g. evidence address)
  • Working Age (e.g. birth certificate)
  • Right to Live & Work in the UK (e.g. evidence of benefits)

If you have any questions please contact 01387 260035 or email

Course Contact Details

If you would like more information or to reserve a place on a course, please get in touch.

Telephone: 01387 734199

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