Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for answers to our most frequently asked questions. We hope that they help you learn more about the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Adopt A School, but if not please call us on 020 8673 6300 or email info@royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk

How can I study at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts?

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is a membership organisation for chefs, pastry chefs and restaurant managers. We do not currently have a physical school to study hospitality. However, if you are aged 16 to 19 we do offer a three-year vocational apprenticeship programme for Chefs at Bournemouth and Poole College, Westminster Kingsway College and University College Birmingham and City of Liverpool College.

To find out more click here: https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/what-we-do/apprenticeships/

I fit the age bracket; how do I apply for the apprenticeship?

You must call the colleges directly and enquire with them that you wish to be a Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Apprentice Chef. Simply click on the link to take you through to colleges page for more information.

Who are your members?

Our members consist of a who’s who of the UK hospitality industry. Ranging from chefs, pastry chefs and restaurant managers, through to suppliers, and friends of the Royal Academy, you can read more about our membership categories on our membership page.

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/membership/

To find out more about our members you can find a full list via our Portfolio which you can download via our Reports page.

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/newsevents/reports/

How do I become an Academician?

In order to become an Academician, you must be nominated by two current Academicians. You can find out more about the process here:

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/membership/academician/

Can anyone be a member?

If you have an interest in the hospitality industry but aren’t a chef, pastry chef or restaurant manager you are entitled to become a Friend of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/membership/friends/

Your events and dinners look fun, how can I attend?

Our events and gala dinners are open to our members and selected guests from the hospitality industry only. However, if you are interested in supporting the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts but aren’t working within the industry you can join as Friend of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. This allows you access to a variety of exclusive hospitality-based events a year or be a supporter of our charity Adopt A School which gains you access to their Fundraiser gala dinners as well.

What is Adopt A School?

Founded in 1990, the Adopt A School Trust (AAS) is the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ national charity delivering good food education to mainly primary school children, but also in secondary schools, hospital schools and on farms. We reach over 17,000 children every year.

How does AAS work?

Adopt a School relies on professional chefs and hospitality professionals volunteering their time to deliver the AAS programme. The chef typically delivers three sessions in a school year to one year group, ranging from taste and sensory to practical cookery, bread-making and front of house.

How can I register my school?

To register your interest in the Adopt a School programme, please complete our online registration form: https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/adopt-a-school-application-form/

Is Adopt A School national and which areas do you cover?

Our Adopt A School chef team cover the West Midlands, the North West and London. However, as our volunteer chefs are based all over the country, please register your interest using the link below and if we are able to link you with a local chef, we will be in touch shortly:

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/adopt-a-school-application-form/

What year group is it for?

The chef will deliver three sessions in an academic year to one year group, usually Year 4 or Year 5.

How many sessions are there a year?

The chef will deliver three sessions in an academic year, usually one per term.

Is there a cost to my school?

If we are able to match you with a volunteer chef, sessions are cost-free although we do ask for a contribution of £2 per child (e.g. £60 per class of 30), where possible. Where there is not a volunteer chef available or you would like a visit sooner, particularly if you are based in the North West, West Midlands and London, we can offer sessions delivered by one of our experienced professional Adopt a School chefs. For this option, there is a cost, which we try to keep as low as possible.

I want to volunteer as a chef, how can I do this?

We are always looking for more volunteer chefs. To ensure the quality of the programme, we do require anyone wanting to deliver the Adopt a School programme to attend one of our regular afternoon training session. For more information, please get in touch with our office on 020 8673 6300 or email helenahoughton@raoca.org.uk.

I’m not a chef, but I work in the hospitality industry, can I still get involved?

Yes! As part of the programme, we also offer our front of house session. This is delivered by a front of house professional and is an interactive session covering everything from personal hygiene, body language and the role of front of house in a restaurant through to table setting and role play. We are always looking for more front of house volunteers. To find out more, call the office on 020 8673 6300 or email helenahoughton@raoca.org.uk.

I don’t work in a school or the hospitality industry, how else can I support the Adopt a School programme?

To find out how you can support Adopt a School, visit our Fundraising page

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/what-we-do/adopt-a-school/#1510723910995-a9a30bbf-c792