Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts


What is the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs’ Apprenticeship?

It is a three-year vocational course designed to offer promising young chefs the best possible training while enabling them to work in the finest establishments in the UK. Apprentices are employed by Academy members or recognised operators of the same standard throughout their training and it is this attention to high standards that makes the RACA Chefs’ Apprenticeship stand out from the crowd.


What Qualifications will I receive?

Apprentices will work towards nationally recognised qualifications as well as the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma exam at the end of the third year.

The Philosophy

The Academy is synonymous with excellence in training and the apprenticeship study program is rigorous and challenging as a result. Apprentices are equipped with in-depth practical skills underpinned by sound theoretical knowledge using a cutting edge curriculum built on traditional foundations. Each participating college appoints a tutor whose role is to fully support the apprentices throughout their training in both their work and personal lives. The RACA Chefs Apprenticeship aims to provide employers with the best-trained chef apprentices in the industry.

Leaders of tomorrow

Participants are given the training and development they need for sustainable employment as well as to be an ambassador of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, inspiring the next generation.

Past Graduates

Download a full list of graduates here

Education Committee List

A full list of the education committee can be downloaded here

Apprentices can study at the following establishments:

Bournemouth & Poole College

Bournmouth Poole collage

The RACA Specialised Chefs Course is a three-year, block release programme, which has been running since 1989. Link to course

Westminster Kingsway College

Westminister collage

This day release programme was introduced in 2012.Link to course

University College Birmingham

University Birmingham collage

The RACA Chefs Apprenticeship was introduced here in 2015 and the RACA Professional Restaurant Service and Management Apprenticeship was launched the following year.Link to course

City of Liverpool College

City of Liverpool collage

The RACA Chefs Apprenticeship was launched in 2016.Link to course