Specialised Chefs' Scholarship

Spec Chefs graduation

Do you want to become a top chef?

Then the Specialised Chefs’ Scholarship is for you!

In partnership with the world renowned Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA), the Specialised Chefs’ Scholarship or Spec Chef for short was created in 1989. Since then there have been over 380 graduates including Dan Doherty from BBC One’s Britain’s Best Home Cook, Adam Byatt from the Michelin Star restaurant Trinity Restaurant and James Golding from The PIG Hotel Group.

The Scholarship is open to young people across the UK and offers the chance to train to become fully qualified chefs in some of the top hotels and restaurants in the UK including, Claridge’s, The Ritz, The Dorchester and The House of Commons to name a few.

  "This is the finest course for the training of young chefs today"  John Williams MBE: Executive Chef, The Ritz Hotel, London





Why the Specialised Chefs' Scholarship?

The Scholarship

The Spec Chef is unique. Unlike a traditional Apprenticeship where you would attend college one day, once a week, for the Spec Chef you will attend college here in Bournemouth on block release and spend the rest of your time honing your skills in the workplace.

At the end of the three-year scholarship you will have achieve Commis Chef and then Chef de Partie standard Apprenticeship, plus:

  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
  • Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering
  • Certificate in Wine Appreciation and Food Service
  • Certificate in Culinary French
  • ABC Level 3 Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionary
  • Certificate in Gastronomy

See full course details here


The staff and facilities

We offer exceptional facilities which includes industry standard kitchens and a fine dining restaurant, Escoffier. Our staff are all experienced chefs who have themselves trained in some of the top hotels and restaurants in the UK including The Savoy London, Roux Fine Dining, The Goring Hotel, The Langham.

Diamond Standard Award
Teflon and Diamond Standard Award logoAs well as the close association with the RACA, we are thrilled that the Spec Chefs' Scholarship partners with the worldwide brand Teflon™.

The Inspiring Culinary Generations aims to find the best young chefs, from across the UK, who have a keen passion for food and the food industry. Open to students aged 16-18, the Aspiring Student Chefs provides chefs with the opportunity to win a cash prize, cookware and a place on the Specialised Chefs' Scholarship.

Past students have gone on to be judges at the Awards alongside chefs such as Lesley Waters and James Golding, Alumni from the Course and Group Chef Director at The Pig Hotel.

Meet James Golding - Chef Director for The PIG Hotel Group
James Golding, Chef Director for The PIG Hotel Group, and former Specialised Chef student, talks about his time at The College and what his experiences taught him.