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NATIONAL RESTAURATEURS' DINNER
Join us for the 30th National Restaurateurs’ Dinner (NRD)
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Launch of the Master of Culinary Arts 2017 at Searcys Knightsbridge
On 31st January 2017 the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts will launch the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA). Based on the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), the MCA is the UK hospitality industry’s most prestigious award for head chefs, pastry chefs and
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January Plenary Meeting
On Monday 9th January the Members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts will meet at Westminster Kingsway College for the first Plenary Meeting of 2017. Rick Stein OBE will be talking about his 'Life and Times'...
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July Plenary
On Monday 4th July the Members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts will meet at the Rosewood, London for the July Plenary Meeting.
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Apprenticeships

The first RACA Chefs Apprenticeship – the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Specialised Chefs Course at Bournemouth & Poole College – has been running since 1989 and is a three year, block release programme. The second RACA Chefs Apprenticeship is a day release programme at the University of West London which has been running since 1994.  A third day release apprenticeship programme began at Westminster Kingsway College in September 2012. More recently we launched a fourth apprenticeship programme in September 2015 at the University College Birmingham and we are excited to announce the City of Liverpool College is due to launch our fifth apprenticeship programme in September 2016. 

The first RACA Professional Restaurant Service and Management Apprenticeship started at the University of West London in September 2014. We are also launching the Professional Restaurant service and Management apprenticeship at University College Birmingham from September 2016. 

Each course is unique but all follow the same guidelines and philosophy, and are verified and monitored by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

WHAT ARE THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF CULINARY ARTS CHEFS APPRENTICESHIPS?

The apprenticeships are three year vocational courses aimed at aspiring young chefs aged between 16 and 19 years old. The RACA apprenticeship is a pioneering approach to deliver a comprehensive training to young people whilst enabling them to work in the finest establishments in the UK. 

The point of difference between an RACA Apprenticeship and a routine  apprenticeship is the standard of employer and establishment at which the apprentice is employed during their training, as well as the ‘add-ons’ which form part of the curriculum.  In addition to the standard qualifications undertaken on the course, at the end of the three years apprentices sit the RACA final exam. If the candidate is successful they will achieve the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma and become a Graduate of the RACA.

WHAT IS THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF CULINARY ARTS PROFESSIONAL RESTAURANT SERVICE & MANAGEMENT APPRENTICESHIP?

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Professional Restaurant Service & Management Apprenticeship is a three year vocational course for aspiring young Restaurant Service & Management professionals aged between 16 and 19 years old. The RACA Professional Restaurant Service & Management Apprenticeship is a pioneering approach to deliver a comprehensive training to youngsters whilst enabling them to work in the finest establishments in the UK.
The course is due to be piloted at University of West London in September 2014 and will cover NVQ Levels 2 and 3, as well as the Level 3 Diploma for Butlers. The programme also offers training and experience in Enhanced Hospitality Skills and Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Functional Skills, Key Skills and a WSET qualification. In addition, students will receive talks and demonstrations from visiting guest lecturers, all of which form an intrinsic element of this top level apprenticeship programme. The course concludes with a Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma Examination in Professional Restaurant Service & Management.  

THE PHILOSOPHY

The RACA is widely recognised as the premier association of Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Restaurant Managers in the UK.  It is well respected by the industry and other professional bodies and, most importantly, it is synonymous with excellence in training.  Excellence is sought in all aspects of the RACA Apprenticeships: the apprentices; the lecturers; the colleges; the employers; and the course content. 

The RACA apprenticeships are rigorous and challenging: they equip apprentices with a wide range of in-depth skills underpinned by sound theoretical knowledge and aim to provide employers with the best trained chef  and front of house apprentices in the industry.  The curriculum is cutting edge, being built on traditional foundations whilst taking in modern developments and draws from an internationally renowned body of knowledge.

An equally important part of the apprenticeship is the pastoral care given to the apprentices during the three years.  Each college undertaking to run an RACA apprenticeship must appoint a tutor whose role it is to fully support the apprentices throughout their training in both their work and personal lives.

Creating the leaders of tomorrow

This programme of study aims to develop the individual in the practical, theoretical and intellectual aspects of food and the hospitality business in order to lay the foundations for a career as an active practitioner and ambassador of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.  It aims to turn out young chefs and professional restaurant management and service professionals whose objective is to gain sustainable employment and to act as role models for the next generation.  This role carries with it responsibilities which are recognised across the global industry, as such individuals possess the talent required to work in this international profession.

Apprenticeships are a great option for school leavers who want to get straight onto the career ladder.  An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to 2 A levels or 1 vocational A level.

Download the RACA Chefs Apprenticeship Prospectus here

Download the RACA Professional Restaurant Service and Management leaflet here

PAST GRADUATES

You can download a full list of graduates here

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MASTER OF CULINARY ARTS 2017 OPEN FOR ENTRIES
On 31st January 2017, 30 years after it was first established, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts launched the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), at Searcys Knightsbridge, 30 Pavilion Road. Based on the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), the MCA is the
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ROYAL ACADEMY OF CULINARY ARTS ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2017 IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES!
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the Annual Awards of Excellence 2017. Applicants must currently be working full-time in the UK as a Chef, Pastry Chef or Waiter and should be aged between 20 and 26 on 31st December 2016.
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EIGHTH MASTER OF CULINARY ARTS TO LAUNCH IN JANUARY 2017
On 31st January 2017 the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts will launch the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA). Based on the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), the MCA is the UK hospitality industry’s most prestigious award for head chefs, pastry chefs and
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Annual Awards of Excellence Winners Trip Reports to Los Angeles
Annual Awards of Excellence 2015 Winners Scholarship Trip to Los Angeles with The Dorchester Collection
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