New Food Skills Training with GCDA!

  Posted on 12th November 2018

GCDA is delighted to be able to offer a range of brand new courses for people setting up a food business, or looking for work in the catering industry. They have run a 10-week Food Business Start-up course for the past 2 years and have seen amazing successes from previous participants including Wolfes Shrubs, Free Wheelin’ Pizza, What’s New Pop-up, Hanks Po Boys and many more!  However, many of the people coming on the training had some skills gaps, specifically certain culinary skills such as plant-based cooking, gluten and dairy free and catering for other dietary requirements, and it turns out that loads of people wanted to learn how to be able to use knives properly, or needed more IT skills to be able to run the business better. So, GCDA have answered these calls by putting on a variety of new training courses including Knife Skills (3 week course), Culinary Skills for Food Trends (4 week course) and IT skills for Business (6 week course). You can find out more about the training by following the links above, but the dates are as follows:

Knife Skills – Mondays starting 26th November for 3 weeks, 10 – 2 (includes ingredients and a meal together each week)

This course will cover essentials of knife care, sharpening and handling, the many different types of cut there are, boning a chicken and filleting fish.  You will have the opportunity to practise all these techniques whilst making a delicious meal to eat together at the end of the session

IT Skills for Business – Fridays starting 11th January for 6 weeks

There is so much to think about when running a business, and having sufficient IT skills is absolutely crucial to be able to run a successful business. This 6-week course will give you an excellent grounding in these essential skills. We will cover Excel and how to use it to manage your finances; social media and how to use it to maximise your business potential, online tools and apps that will help you run a more successful business, data protection and privacy rules.

Culinary Skills for Food Trends – Wednesdays starting 23rd January for 4 weeks (includes ingredients and a meal together each week)

Adult learning fees do apply, but we also have a hardship fund, so please don’t let payment be a barrier – just get in touch and talk to us! Call Edina on 0208 2694885 or email

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