On their way to success

Pippa Cortis and Ashleigh Foster spent three years at NESCol, working their way through the college’s Professional Cookery courses, from Introduction to Advanced.

They are now heading off in different directions to continue their journeys into professional cooking careers and both are grateful to the college for helping them progress.

During her three years on the course, Ashleigh has travelled to China to give cooking demonstrations at a seafood exhibition and also to Edinburgh with the college’s catering company Aramark.

Pippa Cortis and Ashleigh Foster

Ashleigh said: “Everything we’ve learnt from the lecturers has been invaluable. Obviously, you learn the curriculum, but you are constantly learning extra things from people with first-hand experience. The opportunities you get are amazing. If you are willing to listen, the lecturers are willing to share.”

Pippa explained how working in one of the College’s fine dining training restaurants was invaluable to their learning experience. She said, “Professional Cookery students get to work in the College’s training restaurant, serving members of the public. You learn about working in a professional environment and, in third year, you really start to think about speed, technical skills and precision. College has really expanded our skills.”


If you would like to find out more about how NESCol can help you achieve your next move into the catering and hospitality sector go along to one of its open days in November.

Fraserburgh campus – Saturday, November 7, 10am – 1pm; Aberdeen city campus – Saturday, November 14, 10am- 2pm.

Alternatively you can visit www.nescol.ac.uk to download the prospectus or call our information and booking team for further information on 01224 612330.

If you are an employer in the hospitality industry, and you are looking to recruit new talent into your business, then NESCol have some amazing students that you may like to meet and consider employing upon completion of their courses.

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