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Catering and Hospitality

Catering and Hospitality courses certainly give you food for thought. In recent years Wales has emerged as a food destination and this shows in the growth of the industry; with catering becoming one of the fastest growing industries in Wales.


Coleg y Cymoedd is ideally suited for you to start your career in Catering and Hospitality. Our restaurants and kitchens are fitted to the highest standard. All courses are directed by experienced and highly skilled lecturers who will train you in the skills that you need to succeed. Most of our campuses have a student run restaurant serving a range of customers including; staff, students, members of the community and local catering contracts.

You will also be involved in college events; working with other student teams, whether it’s catering for visitors at one of our open evenings, catering for a charity showcase, entertaining college guests or even working at a major sporting event like the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

So join us to learn the skills, gain the expertise and shout service!

View our professional restaurants run by current learners here 

Disclaimer Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the course information on this website is accurate at the time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Catering and Hospitality courses at Coleg y Cymoedd

Catering and Hospitality courses at Coleg y Cymoedd

Future Foods in the Edge Challenge 2014

Future Foods in the Entrepreneurial Edge Challenge 2014

“My Catering course at the college has given me an insight into the profession. Although we have written assignments we also work in the training restaurants in the college and attend external events such as The Cheltenham Gold Cup. The experience helps us to gain confidence in a very customer focussed industry”.

Stephanie Bosanko

Ian Presgrave - Catering and Hospitality Lecturer
Ian Presgrave

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I teach Catering and Hospitality at Level 1, 2 and 3 alongside Welsh Baccalaureate Level 1 and 2. I have been teaching for approximately 4-5 years.


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

No great achievement stands out but knowing that learners will leave as better people socially and skilled in their chosen field is rewarding. Training the learners for competitions and watching them excel is also very rewarding but not an achievement as I feel this what we are paid to do, to inspire.

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry: I trained at North Warwickshire college of Technology and Art. I worked in the Cheltenham area in various 2 rosette establishments then moved to Leamington spa and worked in a 1 Michelin star Hotel.

I was head chef at Miskin Manor Hotel for 12 years with 2 rosettes gained. Having worked under some very talented chefs (some famous) my knowledge and skill base is now being put to use in a different way. My PGCE followed and I started working in Bridgend College before being offered a contract at Coleg y Cymoedd. My teaching time is split between Ystrad Mynach and Nantgarw campuses.


Tell us about your qualifications

I achieved ‘O’ Levels in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, History, Metalwork and Home Economics

Since then I have achieved a number of qualifications in Cookery and Pastry before studying my Post Graduate Certificate of Education and TAQA Assessor awardto enable me to teach.

Something interesting about you: I am very ambitious in anything I undertake. I was a keen amateur boxer, in my school days!

Paula Marsh - Head of School Hospitality and Catering
Paula Marsh

Paula has over 30 year’s experience and has worked at Coleg y Cymoedd for 23 years.  Prior to working at the college, she worked in several hotels and restaurants in Guernsey, Brighton, New York and Cardiff.

She is currently Head of School for Hospitality and Catering, overseeing the Hospitality and Catering provision at 4 campus locations.

Paula can be seen at our Nant Restaurant on a Thursday evening.

Kirsty Pearson - Hospitality and Catering Tutor
Kirsty Pearson

Kirsty has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has worked at Coleg y Cymoedd for 3 years.

Prior to working at the college, Kirsty worked in food and beverage management for an international chain of 5 star hotels in the UK and Europe.

Kirsty is currently delivering our level 3 food and beverage supervisory qualification and can be seen in the Nant restaurant Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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